A parliamentary committee will begin investigating RCMP’s use of spyware on Monday.
The House of Commons Ethics and Privacy Committee called for a summer study after the RCMP revealed its use of tools that covertly get data from devices such as phones and computers.
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The RCMP says it has received warrants to use tools that can collect text messages and emails and remotely turn on cameras and microphones in 10 investigations.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has called for a discussion on the legal protections needed to use this technology.
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Privacy and technology advocate David Fraser says it’s important that the warrants police ask for are subject to more rigorous scrutiny.
Witnesses appearing during the scheduled two-day hearings include Public Safety Secretary Marco Mendicino, current and former privacy commissioners, and RCMP officials who oversaw spyware use.
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