OPP agrees with need to update Legislation: Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications

Commissioner Lewis Open Letter to Ontarians

ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is adding its support to Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act (Bill C-30).   This proposed legislation has been receiving much attention in recent days in the media and social media circles. The OPP is providing its position on this issue in order to inform the citizens of Ontario as to why legislation is needed to protect everyone's safety and security.

New communications technologies allow for old crimes to be committed in new ways, as well as new crimes to develop; for example the crimes of identity theft, Internet fraud, money laundering and phishing as well as the illegal use of viruses, Trojans, worms, hacking, spyware and spam.

Today, in an open letter addressed to Ontarians, OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis explains why Canadian police services require modern tools to combat the proliferation of crime resulting from the easy use of modern communication devices.

"The fact is that today's communication technologies are providing a safe haven for serious criminal activity in Canada.  Organized crime, sexual predators, gangs and identity theft are all thriving on the Internet while Canadian police services are left to use out-of-date legislation enacted in the 1970's during the days of the rotary telephone to protect our citizens from these modern criminals," said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.

The intent of this legislation is not about violating the rights of Canadians.  Police services need up-to-date legislation that provides up-to-date tools necessary to address the challenges encountered in investigating crimes committed by those who are using modern communications technology to hide their activities.

The OPP encourages Canadians to separate the rhetoric from the facts and get involved to learn about this important proposed legislation.

INVITATION TO MEDIA

Commissioner Lewis is welcoming media requests to provide one-on-one interviews on this topic.

LINKS

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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Contact:  Sgt Pierre Chamberland
                Corporate Communications  
Phone:    (705) 329-6878 


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