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Utility Not Made to Reveal Customer Records to Police

PRIVACY LAW

June 4, 2010

BC Hydro will not be required to turn over more than a thousand homeowners' energy consumption records to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Global Toronto reports.  The RCMP withdrew its request for the records last week after BC Hydro fought a judge's order to hand them over. Though RCMP didn't specify its reason for requesting the records, it is believed they were intended to help identify marijuana grow operations, which typically require large amounts of electricity. A court affidavit expressed BC Hydro's concern that the order could force the company to hand over records of law-abiding citizens and subject them to police investigation, the report states.  
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