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Old 06-13-2014, 12:41 PM
buttitchi buttitchi is offline
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Default Supreme Court upholds Internet Privacy(june 2014)

For many years, the corporations of North America have ignored the legal need to receive a valid warrant from the police to obtain customer information.

This is just another step to upholding Privacy Rights. Where law enforcement has decided that electronic data does not have the expected privacy attached, and routinely will violate the law to obtain confidential information.

Internet service providers can't give customer names, addresses and phone numbers to police without a search warrant, Canada's top court has ruled in a unanimous decision released this morning.

The decision upholds Canadians' right to privacy and anonymity in their online activities. It also means parts of the cyberbullying and digital privacy bills that are currently before the House of Commons are still unconstitutional.
Recent reports show that law enforcement and government agencies have been routinely asking Canadian telecommunications companies for information about hundreds of thousands of their subscribers each year without a warrant.

Rogers Communications released a report last week showing that it received almost 175,000 requests for information about its customers from government and police agencies last year.

In March, the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax reported the Canada Border Services Agency alone accessed telecom customer data almost 19,000 times in one year — and without a warrant more than 99 per cent of the time.

In 2011, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reported to Canada's privacy commissioner its members received 1.2 million requests for customer information in one year and disclosed information about 780,000 customers.

in the totality of the circumstances of this case, there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in the subscriber information. The disclosure of this information will often amount to the identification of a user with intimate or sensitive activities being carried out online, usually on the understanding that these activities would be anonymous. A request by a police officer that an ISP voluntarily disclose such information amounts to a search.
the government's plans for expanded voluntary, warrantless disclosure under Bill C-13 must surely be reformed as it is unconstitutional. Just yesterday, Conservative MP Bob Dechert relied on R. v. Ward to support the C-13 approach with respect to immunity for voluntary disclosure. The court has effectively rejected the Ward decision and Dechert's defence of the provision no longer stands.
Giving a corporation immunity in order to break the law, is a crime, under the law.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:25 AM
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