The right to privacy in Canada

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adopted from http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/rcmp-blackberry-hack-montreal-mob-murder-pub-ban-lifted-1.3629222

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) article 17 states that

1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Everyone is granted the right to privacy and no one should be subject to unlawful interference with his privacy. With the improvement of administrative efficiency and the development of social media, we must make an effort to protect our privacy at the individual level, much more at the public level. The Canadian government is said to violate the human right with the IMSI catcher, or Stingrays.

The International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. They can collect personal information from countless of phones even if their owners are not targeted.

The IMSI catchers threaten democracy discouraging citizens from expressing their opinions. So many police officers in Canada are reported to have been using the technology to investigate suspects arbitrarily getting innocent citizens’ personal information as well. The abusive use of the IMSI catchers helps them obtain any information such as credit cards’ numbers etc. This absolutely puts our modern life in jeopardy since we have most information in our smart phones or laptops. The Canadian government has not provided any justification for the human rights violation yet.

The use of such technology should be restricted in order to protect human rights. As one of the developed countries in terms of human rights, Canada is expected to regulate the use of the IMSI catchers.

References

Ravi S. Jha, Canadians lack proper human rights protection from cellphone monitoring, thestar.com, March 9, 2018, https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/03/09/canadians-lacks-proper-human-rights-protection-from-cellphone-monitoring.html, accessed on March 12, 2018

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, http://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/ccpr.aspx, accessed on March 12, 2018

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