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Use of spyware by the RCMP will be examined by a parliamentary committee

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The House of Commons Privacy Committee voted on Tuesday to determine what device survey tools the RCMP uses and request a list of court warrants obtained for the deployment of such software.

The committee was called to meet after the RCMP submitted a document to the House of Commons describing his use of tools that secretly and remotely obtain data from devices like phones and computers.

The motion calls witnesses, including Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, current and former Privacy Commissioners, and RCMP who supervised the use of spyware.

René Villemure, a Bloc Québécois MP who introduced the motion, says that the operational use of such software by the RCMP is of concern, and that it is necessary to speak with those directly responsible to ensure accountability and privacy.

The motion says the hearings, which must begin no later than August 8, will span two days.

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