The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says it is continuing its campaign for more transparency on police surveillance, namely the use of “Stingray.”
It follows the Vancouver Police Department’s admission they have used the controversial electronic eavesdropping device in the past.
That was nine years ago with the help of the RCMP, the VPD is also saying it’s never owned its own device.
But the grey area that Stingray operates in is a concern according to the BCCLA, which calling for public donations to support its campaign for more transparency and regulation.
Policy Director Micheal Vonn says part of the concern is what would police do with the information after it’s been collected …
“That’s what Canadians are very, very concerned about.”
“And until we have the kind of specification in law that says ‘that can’t happen’ they want to know it’s not going to be abused.”
A VPD spokesperson told reporters today that any communication interception would be done with a warrant under extreme circumstances.