Law must adapt with technology

Apr 8, 2013 By Matthew Friedberg

Clarity in Canadian privacy law is essential for citizens, especially as technology rapidly progresses, says Toronto criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg.

“Any clarity and predictability with respect to Canadians’ rights to privacy is a welcome development in our law,” says Friedberg, referring to a recent Supreme Court ruling that says police seeking to intercept cell phone text messages must do so under wiretap authorization, not just a general search warrant.

In a 5-2 split decision, the high court ruled in favour of telecommunications giant Telus, one of the only Internet service providers in Canada to routinely store copies of all its subscribers’ texts in company databases for 30 days, the Toronto Star reports. Read Toronto Star