BC FIPA has provided its comments on Justice Canada’s new Lawful Access proposals. These proposals were announced as part of the government’s consultations on Lawful Access.
FIPA continues to be opposed to many of the New Lawful Access Proposals as they unjustifiably intrude upon the privacy rights of Canadian citizens. We repeat the concerns outlined in our letter of December 16, 2002.
We recognize the need to be able to effectively and efficiently combat crimes that are enabled or assisted by new technology, but lawmakers must ensure that in doing so we do not unnecessarily and unjustifiably intrude upon the privacy rights of Canadian citizens. Lawful access proposals must be shown to be truly required, reasonable, demonstrably justified, effective and proportionate to the ends to be achieved. Many of the New Lawful Access Proposals do not meet those requirements.