Civil Liberties group alarmed by "lawful access" proposals

| March 21, 2005
The BC Civil Liberties Association is raising alarm about Ottawa\'s plan to facilitate police access to Canadians\' private telephone and Internet communications. "The state is attempting to offload or download the surveillance in a way that conscripts private business as agents of the police .. . This is a fundamental shift in state surveillance practice that needs to be debated fulsomely", said Micheal Vonn, Policy Director at BCCLA. BCCLA is one of several civil society representatives consulted by the federal government as it prepares to introduce legislation to update criminal laws in response to new technologies. - BCCLA News Release - CIPPIC\'s webpage on Lawful Access