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Theft Victim: Privacy Law Helps Criminals

PRIVACY LAW

December 6, 2013

Ottawa Citizen examines the case of Kirk Darch, whose new iPhone was stolen from his mailbox, and his “frustration over Canada’s privacy laws, which, in his case, have so far done a good job of protecting the crook and ignoring the victim.” According to the report, the phone could be easily found: Darch learned from Telus it was being operated with a new SIM card by a new accountholder. However, due to federal privacy law, Telus told police a court order was necessary “before it could provide the name and address of the person,” the report states, noting, “police decided a stolen cellphone wasn’t worth the effort as the process of acquiring a court order alone would tie up the investigating officer for several hours.”
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