RCMP use of spyware warrants update to Canada’s privacy laws, MPs say

Canada should update its privacy laws in the wake of revelations that the country’s national police force uses spyware to hack mobile devices, a parliamentary committee says.

The House of Commons ethics committee is recommending the federal government require privacy assessments for the use of “high-risk technological tools” that collect personal data, according to a report tabled Wednesday.

The report, which received all-party support, also says Ottawa should make a list of banned spyware vendors and set “clear rules on export controls over surveillance technologies.” However, it does not recommend a moratorium on the use of spyware by police.

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Source: Politico