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Cour suprême : Interception de textos auprès d’un fournisseur de services de télécommunications

Posted in E-Discovery

R. c. Société Telus Communications est un autre exemple jurisprudentiel intéressant de l’application du droit général à la protection contre les fouilles, les perquisitions et les saisies abusives garanti par l’article 8 de la Charte canadienne en fonction du progrès technologique.

La Cour suprême a dû se prononcer sur la validité d’un mandat général obtenu par la police pour mettre la main, de manière prospective, sur des messages textes (« textos ») auprès d’un fournisseur de services de télécommunications, soit Telus. Il s’agit d’un appel d’une décision de la Cour supérieure de justice de l’Ontario.

À titre de précision préliminaire, … Continue Reading

Règlement canadien anti-pourriels publié pour une période de 30 jours de consultation

Posted in E-Commerce

The English version of this article is available here.

Le projet du règlement afférent à la Loi canadienne anti-pourriels (LCAP) a été publié le 5 janvier 2013 dernier dans la Gazette du Canada pour une période de consultation d’une durée de 30 jours.

Ce projet tant attendu représente l’étape législative finale d’un des régimes les plus contraignants au monde en matière de règlementation anti-pourriels (« anti-spam ») et de menaces en ligne connexes, tel que les programmes malveillants (« malware »). Ce règlement apporte des clarifications en ce qu’il définit certains termes importants inclus dans la LCAP.

Il comporte … Continue Reading

Canadian Anti-Spam Regulations Published for a 30-Day Comment Period

Posted in E-Commerce

La version française de cet article est publiée ici.

The revised draft of the Industry Canada Regulations pertaining to Canada’s new anti-spam/malware law (CASL) was published in the Canada Gazette on January 5, 2013 for a 30-day comment period.

The highly anticipated draft regulations represent the final legislative aspect of one of the world’s most stringent anti-spam and anti-malware regimes and provide some clarity as to the use of some important terms in the CASL.

It also includes new exemptions in respect of subject matter not intended to fall within CASL’s reach. The goal of CASL according to Industry … Continue Reading

Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Work-Issued Computers

Posted in Privacy

The Supreme Court has found that employees may have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the information contained on their work computers, at least where personal use is permitted or reasonably expected by the employer. The issue in R. v. Cole arose when a laptop used by a high school teacher, but provided by his employer, was discovered to contain child pornography and was provided to the police.

While the teacher, Mr. Cole, was found to have a reasonable expectation of privacy, the Court held that his employer’s actions did not breach his Charter rights. However, the search and seizure … Continue Reading

Mr. Ward’s “Unreasonable” Expectation of Privacy towards Data Held by his ISP

Posted in Privacy

Is the anonymity of the Internet user unconditionally protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ legal strongbox? In R. v. Ward, 2012 ONCA 660, the Court of Appeal for Ontario determined that it is not always the case and that there are limits to an Internet users’ reasonable expectation of privacy.

In this case, Mr. Ward’s expectation of privacy in his name and address held by his Internet Service Provider (ISP) was considered “unreasonable” in the context of an investigation for crimes of possession and trafficking of child pornography.

The RCMP’s Information Request

The police, in the … Continue Reading