Public Safety Lawful Access Consultations (FALL 2007)

In September 2007, after a closed consultation became public, Public Safety Canada issued a Consultation Paper on the issue of giving police expanded powers to obtain certain subscriber identifying data (e.g., name, postal/email/IP address, tel number, cell phone identifier) without a warrant or any reasonable grounds to suspect criminal activity. Strangely, the consultation followed assertionsby the Minister of Public Safety, that "We are not, in any way, shape or form, wanting extra powers to police to pursue items without a warrant."