The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has passed a resolution mandating the group advocate for a law that would force people to provide electronic passwords to police with judge’s consent.
CACP President Chief Clive Weighill and Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, noted the reasons behind the decision.
“Police services across the world are facing new challenges and threats related to technological developments and the criminal innovation that has ensued,” said Bordeleau. “[We are looking for] a way forward that helps us fuse traditional policing with modern day cyber-activity.”
In Canada, the recent Osterman Research Study reported that 44 of 125 Canadian companies interviewed suffered a ransomware attack in the past 12 months of which 33 of the victims paid a ransom that was between $1,000 and $50,000 in order to regain stolen data. Canadian healthcare and financial industries were most affected, industries highly dependent on access to business critical information.
But Jacob Ginsberg, senior director of Echoworx, told Infosecurity that a law of this nature would remove protection and privacy from law abiding citizens.
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