On August 9, 2022, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics to speak on the human rights, public, and national security risks associated with spyware and the unregulated nature of the mercenary spyware industry. As well, he provided initial recommendations for how the Canadian government should begin to address the use of spyware by government agencies like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

You watch the full committee meeting on the House of Commons website.

The full submission made to the committee can be found here. The contributors to this brief (in alphabetical order) are: Siena Anstis (Senior Legal Advisor, The Citizen Lab), Dr. Ronald J. Deibert (Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; Director, The Citizen Lab), and Angela Yang (Legal Intern, The Citizen Lab).