I was reading today on the Globe and Mail about a Conservative bill to broaden the powers of the police when it comes to tracking people through the internet. All this would be done without following currently established procedure. Meaning: it could be done without a warrant and without the knowledge of the courts that were designed to make sure our rights are respected and that criminals pay the price.
The main points (accord to the G&M) are:
-force Internet service providers to freeze data on their hard drives to prevent subscribers under investigation from deleting potentially important evidence.
-require Telecom companies to invest in technology that allows for the interception of Internet communications.
-allow police to remotely activate tracking devices already embedded in cellphones and certain cars, to help with investigations.
-allow police to obtain data about where Internet communications are coming from and going to.
-make it a crime to arrange with a second person over the Internet the sexual exploitation of a child.
I don't have anything to hide, but I just don't like the idea that the police can decide one day to be interested in me, without justification and start tracking my online activities and my whereabouts through my cell phone, FOR NO REASON.
Normally if the police want to do these things, they need to present their case to a judge, who then allow them to do it because he feels it is justified or deny the permission if he/she finds it baseless or finds that there is lack of evidence.
If this bill goes through? Not anymore... The cop from the Tim Horton's on the corner can call in and access my emails and track my phone because he/she decided to do it?
I understand that this bill is aimed at catching criminals and child pornographers, but we have to make sure that the rights and freedoms of the regular folks are protected as well. We have to make sure that no lines will be crossed by law enforcement and to be honest with you, I don't trust any of those guys.