Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) laws are meant to facilitate processed of democratic governance by ensuring that citizens have the information they need to participate meaningfully in the democratic process and, also, to hold politician and bureaucrats to account for the decisions they make. When it comes to surveillance practices, in particular, ATIP laws provide much needed insight into the operations of a state’s security operations.
This page contains ATIP documents that have been collected and analyzed by the Telecom Transparency Project. The documents were either requested by researchers associated with the Telecom Transparency Project or received from academics, journalists, or other members of the public. We invite others to analyze, discuss, and cite these documents and welcome others to submit or contact us about documents they possess and believe would interest us.
Canadian Municipal Requests
FOIPOP # 14-187: Halifax Regional Police
The request was for, “[c]opies of briefing notes, memos, or policy documents identifying the number of times that: a) ‘subscriber data’ was requested from Canadian telecommunications service providers; b) wiretaps initiated under court order; c) call detail records (CDR) were obtained inclusive of January 1, 2011 – November 1, 2014.” The request was received by Halifax Regional Police on November 24, 2014 and relevant documents provided on January 23, 2015. Halifax Regional Police provided a single .pdf containing the relevant data.
I&P Unit Reference: 14-3234A: Vancouver Police Department
The request was for, “briefing notes, memos, or policy documents identifying the number of times that: a) ‘subscriber data’ was requested from Canadian telecommunications service providers; b) wiretaps initiated under court order; c) call detail records (CDRs) were obtained” from January 1, 2011 to November 1, 2014. The request was received by the Vancouver Police Department on November 17, 2014 and relevant documents provided on December 30, 2014. The Vancouver Police Department provided a .pdf reply to our request, a .xls file containing relevant datasets, and a .pdf that explained the datasets which were contained in the file.
Canadian Federal Requests
A-2011-00255: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The full text of the request was: “In a letter from Minister Toews to MP Charlie Angus dated Nov 29, 2011, Toews states ‘the Government has consulted further with law enforcement and justice officials and determined that a warrant requirement for basic subscriber information would negatively impact the ability to carry out investigations and would introduce an additional burden on the criminal justice system. I request all records related to these consultations including a list of specific meetings and any evidence substantiating the negative impact on investigations.”