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Report: Ruling Suggests All Data Is Not Equal

PRIVACY LAW

December 13, 2013

In a complex ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has found that data stored on a hard drive “is not equal to the same material stored in a filing cabinet,” SC Magazine reports. The case, which involved a man’s conviction for growing marijuana, is what the Canadian Bar Association's called “a marker (in the ground) for digital privacy law in Canada,” the report states, noting the man’s lawyer “succeeded in convincing the justices that computers are ‘stand-alone places’ that require specific search warrants.”
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