A controversial proposal to regulate Canadians' online activities is getting renewed support from Vancouver's top cop.
Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Chief Jim Chu, who is also president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), launched a "renewed effort" on Friday to support Bill C-30, federal legislation that would allow police to obtain users' names, addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses from internet providers without a warrant.
The VPD supports the association's position.
"If we don't take a strong stance on this issue, Canadians will not appreciate the limitations that constrain law enforcement in the cyber world," Chu said in a news release.
"Criminal bullying is extremely concerning to all Canadians, especially the parents of young children, and Bill C-30 also provides new legislation to help police intervene and investigate cyber bullying in their early stages to prevent needless tragedy."
Bill C-30 would require internet service providers (ISPs) to put technology in place allowing police to monitor people's online activity. It would also introduce a series of amendments to the Criminal Code that, among other things, would permit police to use online surveillance equipment without a warrant.
The bill was shelved earlier this year after Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said those opposed to the bill stood with child pornographers, sparking public outcry.
A video produced in support of the legislation states police can already obtain basic subscriber information from ISPs without having to prove the request is legally legitimate.
David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said police "don't get it" when it comes to online spying legislation.
"The public doesn't support their ability to spy on their private internet browsing activities," he told The Huffington Post B.C.
"We just wish they would figure that out and move on."
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What's In Online-Snooping Bill
Like similar legislation introduced in the past by both Conservative and Liberal governments, the new bill includes provisions that would: <em>With files from CBC</em> (Shutterstock)
Warantless Online Info
Require telecommunications and internet providers to give subscriber data to police, national security agencies and the Competition Bureau without a warrant, including names, phone numbers and IP addresses. (CP)
Back Door Access
Force internet providers and other makers of technology to provide a "back door" to make communications accessible to police. (Getty)
Location, Location, Location
Allow police to get warrants to obtain information transmitted over the internet and data related to its transmission, including locations of individuals and transactions. (Alamy)
Allow courts to compel other parties to preserve electronic evidence. (Alamy)
New Bill Is Different
However, unlike the most recent previous version of the bill, the new legislation: (Alamy)
Requires telecommunications providers to disclose, without a warrant, just six types of identifiers from subscriber data instead of 11. (Alamy)
Provides for an internal audit of warrantless requests that will go to a government minister and oversight review body. Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews is pictured. (CP)
Review After 5 Years
Includes a provision for a review after five years. (Alamy)
More Time To Implement
Allows telecommunications service providers to take 18 months instead of 12 months to buy equipment that would allow police to intercept communications. (Alamy)
Changes the definition of hate propaganda to include communication targeting sex, age and gender. (Alamy)