Someone can't be wrong all the time: David Akin's ATIP into Industry Canada

For those of you who may know David Akin, he’s one of the assholes who work at Sun News, a Right-Wing mouthpiece for the Harper regime for the most part. However, there was a reason that OxBlood Ruffin</a> from the Cult of the Dead Cow likes him, and it’s not just because OxBlood has become old. David Akin actually uses ATIP and posts documents about certain things, like Lawful Access on Scribd</a>.

The document is actually rather unsurprising. There’s the usual suspects on both sides of the Lawful Access debate. On one side, you have the Canadian Victims of Crime Association talking about the need to hunt down terrorists such as the Toronto 18, as well as the need to hunt down pedophiles. Frankly, I view this as a scare tactic, since the Toronto 18 were actually caught using current Canadian Laws, and four bored teenagers from Abbotsford are able to catch pedophiles by getting them to willingly show up in places, all “To Catch A Predator” style. The police don’t need any new powers to do their job.

What is surprising is that the Telephone Companies in Canada actually give a shit about your privacy. While the Telephone Companies are fine with what they call “Tombstone Data” such as your name and address, as long as they get paid, they are not super impressed with having to give out IMSI, IMEI, SIM and other data on the customers, most likely because they understand the extreme privacy issues that this would open. When I saw that, I have to say that it took the sting out of getting gouged a bit.

As usual, we see that CIPPIC was once again fighting for the user. We also see that the Liberal Critic at the time also appeared to support Lawful Access, which is no surprise. However, she also used COMIC SANS to do it. It seems that based on the retweets I got for slamming COMIC SANS that people care about typography far more than their own privacy

What’s amazing is the amount of data that they left out and the waiting time. Akin’s own article</a> stats that it took over four years for him to get all of this data. Given the fact that I sent requests into the Justice Department, Public Safety, RCMP, CSIS and CBSA about this very same issue, I think it’s clear that four years is excessive, since much of it is a repeat. I’m curious as to whether Akin and Sun Media actually took this to the Info Commissioner, or whether they were too busy going after the CBC for it’s rather abysmal ATIP performance.

Hopefully later this week, I can actually write about my own requests again. I do have a large number of them outstanding, but they’re all most likely in review hell.

UPDATE:</strong> I can’t believe I forgot to mention it, since it’s the MOST IMPORTANT PART of the Access to Information Request. Industry Canada actually met with vendors. The vendors were the following companies: