No, I don't find it acceptable at all, Mr. Chairman. I think that I heard something slightly different from the testimony. It sounded to me like one of the RCMP officers testified that they were using this type of technology much further back than 2017, which really is no surprise. As Ms. McPhail testified a few moments ago, there is a pattern of law enforcement agencies being reluctant, for whatever reason, to disclose what types of surveillance techniques they're using or specific technologies, hiding them from the public, and then somehow this information gets out, through media, ATIP requests or whatever, and they have to scramble to produce documents to justify ex post facto how they're using it.
Evidence of meeting #33 for Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics in the 44th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was rcmp.
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