RCMP BRIEFING NOTE TO THE MINISTER: RCMP USE OF CELL-SITE SIMULATOR TECHNOLOGY – SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
Report on Privacy Act Complaint by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada dated August 16, 2017
• Finding 47: However, in the 6 instances where warrants were not obtained, we have already determined that the collection of personal information constitutes a contravention of section 4 of the Act as it was not lawfully collected.
• Finding 61: We note, however, that the complainant’s primary concern was that the RCMP initially would not confirm that it was using cell site simulators. This lack of transparency lead to serious concerns about the capabilities of these devices and how they are being used . We strongly encourage the RCMP to continue to make efforts toward openness and accountability in terms of the technologies it employs in its law enforcement activities and the legal authorities it relies on for the use of those technologies.
• Appendix C – RCMP Cell Site Simulator Policy on Mobile Identification Activities – Interim Policy 2017-06-27