Top court rules search warrant needed to access Internet information - CTV News 20140613

Top court rules search warrant needed to access Internet information - CTV News 20140613

Top court rules search warrant needed to access Internet informationThe SCOC unanimously ruled that agencies have to obtain a search warrant before accessing private information. Omar Sachedina reports.

OTTAWA -- The police need a search warrant to get information from Internet service providers about their subscribers' identities during investigations, the Supreme Court of Canada says in a landmark ruling affirming Canadians' right to online privacy.

The high court's landmark 8-0 ruling on online privacy issues came in the appeal of a Saskatchewan man facing child pornography charges. The court affirmed that when Canadians surf the web, they should be guaranteed a degree of anonymity.

The ruling also has political implications for the federal government's current cyber-bullying bill, setting the stage for another clash between the Harper government and the Supreme Court.

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