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Supreme Court Rules on Power Monitoring Case


November 25, 2010

In a split decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the notion that police do not need a search warrant to monitor electricity customers' usage patterns, the Toronto Star reports. The court restored the conviction of a Calgary man whose utility company outfitted his home with a digital recording device at the request of police. Four justices said the monitoring device did not invade the man's privacy, the report states, while three said it probably invaded his privacy and two asserted that it did invade his privacy. One dissenting justice described the case as "an incremental but ominous step toward the erosion of the right to privacy." 
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