Privacy Commissioner Explains Problems With Proposed Lawful Access Law

With Parliament back in session, we are seeing more attention on the proposed “lawful access” legislation. There is good reason for that. Many of us believe the proposed legislation is an affront to privacy, and gives law enforcement overly intrusive rights without court supervision that will in practice be no more than expensive, invasive, privacy offensive security theatre.

In this CBC interview, Ann Cavoukian, the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, does an excellent job of explaining the issue. Well worth investing 7 minutes to watch.


  1. I’ve had personal conversations with Ann about this subject. In fact, she wasn’t aware of the real issues until we spoke just over a year ago. What she, and most people fail to articulate, is that it’s not just law enforcement we need to worry about. It’s the quasi-intel and intel functions that will have equal access to this information as they need it!

  2. I am concerned about the ehealth sharing of patient records. Insurance companies employ doctors to avoid paying benefits to their policy holders, both in disability claims and auto insurance accident benefit claims.
    Their access to patient records must not be allowed, as the insurance industry is dedicated to avoiding paying claims at any cost to the patient, and their socalled Independant Medical Examiners are not Independant at all. They skew their reports to benefit their employers, and they freely state that they are not “treating” the patient, nor “advising”.
    I am concerned that they will have access to patient records without consent by virtue of the availability of the information to them through eHealth, because these IMEs also run medical practices.