Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Use of Electronic Surveillance in Canada

The most recent issue (November 24, 2006) of the Canadian government's Weekly Checklist features the 2005 annual report on electronic surveillance from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

The report outlines the use of electronic surveillance of private communications by law enforcement agencies to assist in criminal investigations. Under the Criminal Code, agencies must obtain judicial authorization before conducting the surveillance.

The government is required to prepare and present to Parliament an annual report on the use of electronic surveillance.

The 2005 Annual Report covers a five-year period from 2001 to 2005. The Report includes new statistics for the period of January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005, and updates the figures for the years 2001 to 2004.

Statistics are provided for things such as the number of applications made for authorizations and for renewals of authorizations, the period for which authorizations and renewals were granted, a description of the methods of interception, the offences specified in authorizations (e.g. possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking, smuggling/attempt to smuggle goods into Canada, laundering proceeds of excise offences, forgery of passport, weapons trafficking, murder, fraud, countefeiting, participating in activities of a criminal organization, etc.), the number of arrests as a result of an interception under an authorization.

The Weekly Checklist includes a listing of book and serial titles which have been released during the week by the Parliament of Canada, federal departments, and Statistics Canada.

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