- enabling police to identify all the network nodes and jurisdictions involved in the transmission of data and trace the communications back to a suspect. Judicial authorizations would be required to obtain transmission data, which provides information on the routing but does not include the content of a private communication;
- requiring a telecommunications service provider to temporarily keep data so that it is not lost or deleted in the time it takes law enforcement agencies to return with a search warrant or production order to obtain it;
- making it illegal to possess a computer virus for the purposes of committing an offence of mischief; and
- enhancing international cooperation to help in investigating and prosecuting crime that goes beyond Canada’s borders.
“We are giving our police the tools they need to keep up with criminals who are increasingly using new technology in carrying out their crimes. High tech criminals must be met by high-tech police,” said Dave MacKenzie, M.P. for Oxford and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety. “This announcement once again demonstrates our commitment to give our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to make our communities safer.”
Requirements to obtain court orders to intercept communications will not be changed by this Act. This legislation will simply help ensure that, when warrants are issued, telecommunications companies have the technical ability required to intercept communications for the police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Sweden, already have similar legislation in place.