Supreme Court of Canada says a wiretap is needed for text messages

In the Supreme Court of Canada’s case of R v. Telus, a 5-2 decision was made that law enforcement need wiretap authorization to intercept text (SMS) messages. No longer will a search warrant suffice. You can read the Canadian Civil Liberties factum [pdf], as they intervened in the case.

A few interesting quotes:

“over the last few years, Telus has received tens of thousands of search warrants, production orders and interception authorizations from police, requiring them to hand over customer information and communications” – CCLA

“Electronic surveillance has been described as the greatest leveler of human privacy ever known” R. vs Commissio 

Thanks to CCLA and CIPPIC for intervening in this case!

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