Canada's federal cabinet will review legislation that would allow police and security agencies to intercept emails, text messages and possibly even financial transaction information found in websites that are protected by secure passwords.
A draft version of the bill allows the police to demand information from Internet Service Providers and intercept emails without first obtaining court authority. Police would be permitted to contact ISPs and require them to provide data relating to their client files within 30 minutes. Under current Canadian law, the police must obtain court authority before intercepting and recording telephone calls, and it is unlawful to intercept and open letter mail.
As reported here earlier, a similar provision proposed for the USA Patriot Act was dropped from consideration after drawing criticism.
Posted by Steve Chung