Canada's Top Court Raises Bar For Police Access To Texts

Law360, New York (March 28, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that police need special wiretap orders to get text message records from service providers, finding that the private nature of electronic communications entitle them to the same heightened level of protection given to nondigital exchanges.

In a 5-2 ruling, the Canadian high court struck down a general warrant requiring Telus Communications Co. to produce copies of any texts sent and received by two subscribers over a two-week period, ruling that police could not access the data without obtaining a...
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