2016/08/26 5:00 AM
Canadian law enforcement officials want to make their jobs easier, lobbying for a new law that would force people to give up their computer passwords upon request.
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Canadian Police Back Resolution to Compel Users to Give Up Passwords
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) passed a resolution on August 16, 2016, advocating for such a law to be enacted by parliament.
The timing of the resolution was decisively made to maximize its influence, as the Canadian government has begun conducting a study on cybersecurity and how to balance online freedoms with the police’s ability to apprehend criminals and enforce the law. Additionally, the resolution passed as part of an effort by the CACP to help Canadian police catch up with the digital age.
According to assistant commissioner Joe Oliver, current Canadian laws do not offer police the ability to compel people to hand over their…