Fort Erie man faces charges in child sexual abuse investigation

A Niagara Regional Police officer is seen in an undated file photo. (The Canadian Press/Francis Vachon)

A Niagara Regional Police officer is seen in an undated file photo. (The Canadian Press/Francis Vachon)

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Under scrutiny, minister says RCMP's yearslong use of spyware tools is limited

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is defending the RCMP’s yearslong and undisclosed use of spyware capable of accessing cell phone and computer microphones, cameras and other data as part of dozens of major investigations. Testifying before a parliamentary committee on Monday, Mendicino said the national police force's use of these tools has only be permitted in 'the most serious offences.'