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Canadian court rules against police in Internet cases

June 14, 2014

Canada'sSupreme Court has ruled Internet service providers should not turn over private user information to law enforcement officials without a warrant.

The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled anonymity can be expected in most Internet activity depending on the totality of the circumstances.

The court said a constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure was necessary and that warrantless searches should be regarded as presumptively unreasonable.

Canadian government and police agencies have long been involved in trying to coerce telecommunications companies into providing private information about customers, often without a warrant.

Customer information requests from government and police agencies have been increasing steadily.

The Supreme Court ruling followed a case in which a police officer from central Saskatchewan Province obtained personal information without a judge's permission.

The information led to the arrest of a man who was found to be in possession of child pornographic material.

He was charged in 2007 and convicted of possession of child pornography.

However, he appealed his conviction, arguing that the search had been unconstitutional and his rights had been violated.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has hailed the ruling as a clarification of where privacy advocates can draw a line for law enforcement authorities.

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Source: Big News Network (United Arab Emirates)

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