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Spyware use by RCMP analyzed by congressional committee

A congressional committee will begin investigating RCMP's use of spyware on Monday.

The House of RepresentativesEthics and Privacy Committee announced over the summer after the RCMP revealed the use of tools to surreptitiously obtain data from devices such as phones and computers. called for an investigation.

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The RCMP obtained a warrant to use a tool that collects text messages and emails, stating that 10 investigations can turn on cameras and microphones remotely.

The Civil Liberties Association of Canada has called for discussion of the necessary legal safeguards regarding the use of this technology.

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Privacy and technology attorney David Fraser says police are seeking to apply a higher level of scrutiny to warrants. said to be important.

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Witnesses attending his scheduled two-day hearing include Public Security Minister Marcom Mendicino, His current and former Privacy Commissioner and his use of spyware.

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