Electronic Crime Committee


    Provide a national leadership role to the Canadian Law Enforcement Community on criminal activity involving technology.


    1. Help law enforcement agencies across Canada keep up with the ever-changing fast pace of technology and evolving cybercrime threats.
    2. Identify key digital policing and cybercrime gaps and challenges.
    3. Leverage diverse and well-informed perspectives to recognize and examine current and emerging trends and developments, to connect these perspectives to current and potential research and parallel initiatives, with a view to recognizing opportunities and enabling promising practices in social policy, industry priorities, and technologies that will provide greater safety and security in the cyber world.
    4. Enhance front-line officer training to prevent and respond to cybercrime as well as to reduce victimization from cybercrime.

    Significant Accomplishments 2017-2018

    • The CACP E-Crime Cyber Council continued to examine and investigate the need for a national reporting requirement for victims of cybercrime incidents.
    • Lawful access and electronic surveillance (LAES) co-chairs attended two BSI roundtable discussions hosted by the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials (CCSO) Cybercrime Working Group to resolve issues related to the Reasonable Law to Address Impact of Supreme Court of Canada Decision R. v Spencer, 2014, SCC 431.These roundtable discussions included Crown Counsel, Public Safety Canada, Justice Canada, Privacy Commissions, Civil Liberties, Academia, and Communications Service Providers (CSP).
    • Continued efforts to coordinate and educate on law enforcement’s approach to consistent standard operating practices and the articulation of the use of sensitive tools within judicial authorizations.
    • A subcommittee is working to design metrics which can be applied uniformly across all agencies to capture what can and cannot be done with regard to accessing basic subscriber information, and in doing so, will highlight the roadblocks that will assist in demonstrating the need for a change in legislature.
    • Continued discussions on reform of section 487.11 – Warrantless Powers in an Exigent Circumstance.
    • Continued to liaise with Public Safety Canada advocating for the development of regulatory and legislative remedies to address evolving technologies that will require intercept capability.

    Initiatives Planned for 2019

    • Digital Forensic Committee:
      • Continue work on the draft of the contaminated evidence handling procedures;
      • Continue work to advance the privileged evidence handling procedures through crown prosecutor case law input;
      • Continue to examine evidence management system guidelines to develop access control and network permission standards for liability prevention; and 
      • Continue to develop a national statistical report format for reporting purposes to the E-Crime Committee for the Digital Forensic Committee membership’s encryption, resource capacity, passcode and tool restrictions.
    • Lawful access and electronic surveillance (LAES):
      • Work with the Law Amendments Committee and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to finalize a Cloud Act/Bilateral Agreement Resolution and prepare backgrounder information, develop a roadmap for related court ordered and development costs;
      • Create an LAES Administration Group  to establish a central and secure way to share information and network to problem solve, design a model to dictate the use and protocols for use of these tools and allocate them according to priority and need; and
      • Design metrics which can be applied uniformly across agencies to capture what can and cannot be done in order to increase communication with the public on the need and value of access to basic subscriber information and legislation to govern intercept capabilities.
    • Host the International Cybercrime Summit
    • Support the NPS/CACP Resolutions calling for further investments into cybercrime education and training.
    • Conduct a national cybercrime awareness campaign.
    • Continued advocacy and outreach on NC3 Unit and Cybercrime Victim Data and Reporting Centre.
    • Conduct a national survey on police cybercrime awareness and capability.
    • Establish an annual award for excellence in cybercrime investigations.
    • Digital Forensic Committee triage.
    • Complete and present the white paper on Lawful Access and Electronic Surveillance.