Police chiefs in Canada want to see a new law that would force people to hand over their computer passwords with a judge’s consent.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution to that effect, saying criminals are increasingly using encryption to hide illicit activities.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver said today there is nothing currently in Canadian law to force someone to provide a password to police during an investigation.
Oliver says criminals, from child abusers to mobsters, are operating online in almost complete anonymity.
The resolution comes as the federal government begins consultations on cybersecurity, including the best ways to balance online freedoms with the needs of police.
The consultation runs until October 15.