Bill C-30 in Canada argued that police need new lawful access powers in order to keep up with modern criminals. This paper examines the police's own reports to demonstrate that the use of electronic surveillance is actually on the decline over the past 30 years; down nearly elevenfold. While it may be true that the process has become too onerous, as the police claim, we argue that this decline is the result of police not being compelled to report on new methods of surveillance.
The current report is antiquated and can't incorporate new methods of surveillance such as production orders. With Bill C-55 (which imposes new reporting requirements on emergency intercepts) currently being debated in the House of Commons it appears that MPs are finally recognizing the failings of the current transparency regime.
The Supreme Court — at the behest of the US government — has announced changes to “Rule 41,” a crucial procedure of the US court system, which will give law enforcement sweeping powers to hack into computers anywhere in the world, including victims’ computers, with drastically reduced oversight.
In 2010, after years of bitter fighting, the French National Assembly passed “Hadopi,” the worst copyright law in history, which provided for disconnecting whole families from the Internet if their network connection was implicated in an accusation of copyright infringement.
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You may not love Microsoft Word, but you’ve definitely used it. Other than being one of the most ubiquitous programs on the planet, it’s been the go-to word processing system for more than a quarter-century because it’s as basic as it gets. But occasionally, you’ve got assignments that beg for a lot more options than simple […]