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Expert: Student Texting Incident Could Be Charter Case

PRIVACY LAW

August 20, 2011

A Saskatchewan student whose grandparents filed a lawsuit after his school's vice-principal read his text messages may be able to argue his privacy was violated under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, The StarPhoenix reports. Sanjeev Anand, dean of the University of Saskatchewan's law school, said while the Supreme Court has found that school authorities can search students at school, "the question becomes the extent of the search...What is less clear is whether the vice-principal could engage in a more extensive search of the actual texts on the phone. It may be that this search by the school official may be found to be unconstitutional."
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