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Warrantless Records Searches Would "Invade Privacy"

PRIVACY LAW

April 2, 2010

Police told a parliamentary committee Monday that they should be allowed access to cellphone subscriber information and IP addresses without a warrant in order to better combat organized crime. But critics say allowing access without a warrant would invade personal privacy and undermine civil rights, the Edmonton Sun reports. "To just start doing willy-nilly searches without good evidence is really dangerous and is a real affront to people's personal privacy," said a spokesman from the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association. However, an Alberta justice minister said laws regarding warrants need to change to keep up with technology because they are "really dated, like 20 years old."
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