10 things about the Liberal governments security bill introduced Tuesday

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government introduced long-anticipated security legislation Tuesday following consultations that drew comments from tens of thousands of Canadians. The wide-ranging package of measures would:— Limit, but not scrap, a measure from the Harper Conservatives allowing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to disrupt terror plots, not just gather information about them.— Amend other contentious provisions of existing legislation that deal with information sharing, terrorist propaganda and promotion of terrorism.— Roll the functions of existing watchdogs into a super-agency known as the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.— Empower the new watchdog to ensure more than a dozen federal security organizations are complying with the law.— Create an intelligence commissioner, an independent agent who would authorize certain intelligence and cybersecurity activities — a measure intended to boost public confidence.— Allow the public safety minister to assure parents their child is not on the no-fly list when confusion arises at the airport.— Modernize the CSIS Act, establishing in law a regime authorizing activities — such as infiltration of a terrorist cell — that might otherwise break the law.— Require CSIS to seek a judge’s permission to keep datasets primarily containing personal information about Canadians.— Give the Communications Security Establishment’s cyberspies the power to take action against online threats to Canadian interests.— Repeal a provision first passed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks that required a person to appear before a judge and answer questions.last_img read more