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Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed To Search Computers, Mobile Phones

PRIVACY LAW

November 15, 2013

The Supreme Court has issued a unanimous decision in R. v. Vu that recognizes “important privacy interests in information stored in a computer or mobile phone,” Mondaq reports. In its decision, the court determined “specific, prior judicial authorization is required to search the contents of those devices when executing a search warrant for a premises,” the report states. Noting it “is difficult to imagine a more intrusive invasion of privacy than the search of a personal or home computer,” the court writes that it does “distinguish, for the purposes of prior authorization, the computers from the cellular telephone in issue here.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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