A spy watchdog panel reviewing how agents intercept communications

On March 12, 2020 in Ottawa, David McGuinty, chairman of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, will host a new meeting to release the committee’s annual report. (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

The committee of lawmakers and senators overseeing security and intelligence agencies has said it plans to review how those agencies intercept communications during investigations.

A review by the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Members of Congress examines the legislative, regulatory, policy, and financial framework for monitoring communications.

It also explains how the encryption used to protect your calls and messages poses challenges for security agencies trying to intercept your communications.

The Commission will also examine the risks to Canadians’ privacy rights that may arise from modernizing the legal framework.

Experts say the use of intrusive spyware by police and government agencies that allow investigators to hack cell phones should be tightly controlled, and electronic surveillance laws need to be updated to account for such evolving technology. says there is

Liberal MP David McGinty, chairman of the committee, said the committee will protect privacy and digital security while preserving the ability of security, police and intelligence agencies to obtain and use intercepted communications lawfully. are essential to protect Canadians from increasingly complex threats.

“The committee will seek to articulate the full picture of the issues facing the organization under review and ensure that our recommendations are helpful with a thorough understanding of the issues,” McGuinty said Thursday. said in a statement.

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