The Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act would provide law enforcement and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) with the modern investigative tools they need to help fight crime and national security threats, while strengthening safeguards to protect the privacy of Canadians. Public Safety Canada.
Bill C-30 would require telecommunications service providers (TSP) to:
- implement and maintain systems capable of lawfully intercepting communications in order to support the police and CSIS when needed; and
- provide basic subscriber information in a consistent and timely fashion to designated police, CSIS and Competition Bureau officials upon request (limited to subscriber name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the Internet protocol address, and the name of the service provider).
The proposed legislation would help to protect the security and privacy of Canadians by imposing strict limits on the number of CSIS and law enforcement officials who are permitted to make basic subscriber information requests, and apply new requirements for recording, reporting, and auditing those requests.
In addition, the Bill would:
- streamline the application process when court orders or warrants need to be issued in relation to an investigation that involves interceptions;
- update existing offences in the Criminal Code to ensure that they are able to cover new ways of committing old crimes;
- create new, carefully tailored investigation tools, such as production and preservation orders in the Criminal Code and the Competition Act;
- enable Canada to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime and its Additional Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism; and
- add the safeguards of reporting and notification for the interception of private communications in exceptional circumstances.