OTTAWA — Opponents of the government's online surveillance bill say
Canada should look to its allies for cautionary tales before pushing
ahead with measures that would erode Internet freedom.
Experiences in other jurisdictions such as the United States and
Britain show no evidence of improved crime-fighting ability and
"overwhelming evidence of increased surveillance," said Micheal Vonn of
the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.
The Canadian legislation would allow police, intelligence and
competition bureau officers access to Internet subscriber information --
including name, address, telephone number, email address and Internet
Protocol address -- without a warrant. An IP address is the numeric
label assigned to a computer on the Internet.
It would also require telecommunication service providers to have
the technical capability to enable police and spies