Canadian High Court Backs Specific Warrants For Computers

Law360, New York (November 7, 2013, 6:23 PM EST) -- The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday that police must get a unique warrant to search a computer, even if the computer is in a residence for which a warrant has been issued.

The appellant in the case was charged with producing and possessing marijuana, and the police had obtained a warrant authorizing the search of his residence for evidence of theft of electricity, including documentation identifying the owners or occupants of the residence. The warrant did not specifically refer to computers, however, and at trial,...
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