Bill C-55, an Act to Amend the Criminal Code, received royal assent Wednesday, passing into law before an April 13 deadline set by the Supreme Court. Bill C-55 was introduced in the House of Commons on Feb. 11 after the government announced it would not proceed with its lawful access legislation due to public concerns over the possibility of online surveillance. The new bill responds to a Supreme Court decision last year dealing with lawful intercepts, and aims to enable law authorities to capture, when necessary and without a warrant, phone conversations, text messages and emails through wiretapping. The Supreme Court decision had given the government until April 13 to pass responding legislation. The bill also requires police to file annual reports with their provincial attorney general identifying when they used the bill’s provisions and for what purpose.