Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want legislation which would compel anyone, if a judge agrees, to make their internet passwords available to police. Many lawyers believe this will not become law in Canada because of Charter rights.
With terrorists and terror groups coordinating murderous attacks on civilian populations, is there any acceptable rationale for not requiring the revealing of cyber passwords to police, if a judge agrees? Had any of the mass terror killings been able to have been stopped by accessing private communication among killers, would that not have been worth giving up privacy?
David Fraser, Canada’s foremost internet privacy lawyer, of McInness Cooper, in Halifax, works with Fortune 500 corporations and operates the Canadian Privacy Law Blog. He does not side with Chiefs of Police initiative.