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Cellphone Privacy In Canada: Encryption Triggers Need For Warrant 111

codegen writes "The Ontario Court of Appeal has just ruled that the police can search your cellphone if you are arrested without a warrant if it is not password protected. But the ruling also stated that if it is password protected, then the police need a warrant. Previous to this case there was no decision on if the police could search your phone without a warrant in Canada."
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Cellphone Privacy In Canada: Encryption Triggers Need For Warrant

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  • Spread em' (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jeslijar ( 1412729 ) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @10:07AM (#42966263) Homepage

    This seems directly equivalent to "If your front door is unlocked the police can come in and snoop around without a warrant"

    You could say the same thing with several other things like...

    "if your car is unlocked they can rummage through it legally without a warrant"


    "If your fly is down, they can do a cavity search legally without a warrant"

  • Works for me (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nebular ( 76369 ) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @10:13AM (#42966333)

    Makes sense to me. If I were to be arrested without a warrant, the police can go through all the pockets of my wallet and look at every card and piece of paper I have in there, however if I were to have a lock on my wallet, they would need a warrant to open it. The modern cell phone is very much the same as the wallet and datebook of the past. If it's not locked, they can go through it.

  • Re:Spread em' (Score:5, Insightful)

    by c ( 8461 ) <> on Thursday February 21, 2013 @10:34AM (#42966599)

    3. Ha! The mattress tags have been removed! Another victory for law enforcement!

    I was going to point out that it's perfectly legal for the consumer to remove the tags from their own mattresses.

    But it occurs to me that the validity of the charge doesn't really matter that much after said consumer has been punched, tasered, kicked, cuffed, slammed into the police car, cavity searched, held in a jail cell with the finest local thugs, and charged with resisting arrest and removing mattress tags.

  • Re:Spread em' (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ark1 ( 873448 ) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @10:50AM (#42966777)
    So if I put locks on my pockets, Police won't be allowed to search them?
  • Re:Spread em' (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sumdumass ( 711423 ) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @11:57AM (#42967673) Journal

    You forgot killed because the swat team went to the wrong house yet again.

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