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Police: Vehicle Signs Do Not Breach Privacy Laws

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CANADA

March 1, 2010

Niagara Regional Police believe vehicle-mounted signs announcing drug searches are substantially different from those placed in front of homes by another department and found in breach of privacy laws last year, The Standard reports. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario determined in October that signs posted by Cornwall police in front of properties violated privacy laws by divulging addresses where police had executed search warrants. Niagara police, meanwhile, recently began posting signs on a van used during marijuana investigations. "It's not meant in any way to comment on the residents of the home," said Deputy Chief Joe Matthews, "just to provide the public with an understanding of what the police activity is."
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