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Police chiefs want new law that would compel people to reveal passwords

By The Canadian Press   

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OTTAWA — Canada's police chiefs want a new law that would force people to hand over their computer passwords with a judge's consent.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution calling for the legal measure to unlock digital evidence, saying criminals increasingly use encryption to hide illicit activities.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver told a news conference today there is nothing currently in Canadian law that would compel someone to provide a password to police during an investigation.

Oliver says criminals — from child abusers to mobsters — are operating online in almost complete anonymity.

The police chiefs’ resolution comes as the federal government begins a consultation on cybersecurity, including the best ways to balance online freedoms with needs of police.


The consultation runs until Oct. 15.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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