#CyberFLASH: Privacy issue concerns top court, lawyer says


There’s pushback at Canada’s top court regarding police powers in technology-related criminal cases, law students and others in Halifax heard Thursday.

Lawyer Michal Fairburn said investigative methods such as seizing personal computers, and searching the devices’ stored data, have been met with a certain amount of disapproval by a privacy-conscious Supreme Court of Canada.

Fairburn said the high court “is prepared to protect technology, … they are concerned with technology and they’re concerned with where this is all going to take us, in terms of our (individual) privacy.”

She later posed this rhetorical query to audience members, with respect to privacy interests: Where does this leave federal lawmakers?

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