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Supreme Court Overrules Wiretap Exception

PRIVACY LAW

April 20, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that police wiretapping without a warrant is unconstitutional because the method does not contain a provision to notify suspects they are under surveillance, The Globe and Mail reports. The court did uphold a provision allowing warrantless wiretapping in emergency cases such as bomb threats or hostage situations. According to the judgment, requiring notification will “enhance the ability of targeted individuals to identify and challenge invasions to their privacy and seek meaningful remedies.” Meanwhile, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said the culmination of several Canadian and U.S. bills--including Bills C-12 and C-30 and the U.S. Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act--and the recent cross-border partnership between both nations “is likely to have serious implications for Canadian civil liberties.”
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