Lawful Access

Proposals to give "law enforcement" surveillance capabilities over communications networks without the need for warrants or necessary checks and balances.

Face to Face With the Great Firewall of China

Michael Geist writes:

My regular Law Bytes column (p2pnet.net, free hyperlinked version; Toronto Star version) reflects on a recent trip to China and the frustrations I encountered dealing with censorship of the Internet. Despite similar appearances with broadband access in my Beijing hotel, I found sites blocked, email downloads short-circuited, and Google searches cut off.

The column notes that the experience was a powerful reminder that unfettered Internet access is far more fragile than is commonly perceived.

Toronto Star: Say no to Big Brother plan for Internet

Michael Geist's latest Law Bytes column highlights several potential Canadian policies that may create a very different Internet. They include ubiquitous network surveillance through the lawful access initiative, ISPs that engage in packet preferencing as in the two cases last week involving Vonage and Telkom Kenya, a new “extended license” that would require schools to pay millions of dollars for content that is currently freely available on the Internet, and rules that make it far easier to remove an allegedly infringing song than to remove dangerous child pornography. It concludes by riffing on an old Nortel ad campaign by asking whether this is really what we want the Internet to be?

Security firms struggle with 'lawful access' proposal

If Canadian law enforcement agents gain access to Internet records for investigative purposes, encryption technology may have to open up too. A privacy advocate, law professor and CGI consultant read between the lines.

Read full article in ITBusiness.ca...

See also: LexInformatica's Cybercrime and Lawful Access pages.

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