Online data law would expose personal information

by Andrew Roach on May 23, 2013

Back in February, the government dropped their plans to give the police greater powers to access personal information of internet users.

And it seems like it was a just decision as a new study by a government watchdog shows that the law would leave users open to having their details exposed and viewable online.

The study, carried out by the Privacy Commission, also found that whilst law enforcement officials would be able to view the information, it would leave browsers to having their information stole by unwanted hackers.

There has been an ongoing debate in recent years about online privacy and the safety of personal information that is submitted online.

Before the plans were launched, there was much uproar about the bill which means that police wouldn’t need a warrant to start viewing and collecting any information on suspects who they think might be involved in criminal activity.

It would’ve meant that the police would then be able to view more information such as e-mails, IP address and mobile number which would show who they are friends with and even their current physical location.

When investigating the new powers that would’ve been granted, the watchdog was able to access details and build up a rough picture of a suspect which would either confirm or deny any leads on the suspect.

By collecting the data with such ease, the watchdog were very damming of what powers police would’ve been given had everything been approved. In the report, the watchdog said that “As information technologies become more and more common in our lives, and the more they become an extension of our very selves, the more sensitive and revealing subscriber identification information becomes.”

The Canadian government have been involved in a lot of activity involving online privacy in recent weeks having also participated in an international initiative to help check and create new ways to improve cyber-security.

With the report compounding the fears of many opposed to the bill, it seems that Ottawa dropping the privacy bill was the right decision to make at the end of the day.

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