The Canadian Supreme Court rules that investigators cannot search personal electronic items without a warrant providing them with an express authorization (Vu)

The Supreme Court of Canada: A Computer is Not a Cupboard* When investigating cartel violations in Canada, the Competition Bureau’s tool of choice is the “search and seizure” (the Canadian equivalent of the “dawn raid” in Europe). The Bureau execises its search and seizure powers pursuant to judicially authorized warrants which it must obtain prior to searching a location and seizing records contained therein. In a recent decision on the use of search and seizure powers generally in Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada addressed the question of whether a search warrant must expressly permit authorities to search computers or other electronic

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Mark C. Katz, Stéphane Eljarrat, The Canadian Supreme Court rules that investigators cannot search personal electronic items without a warrant providing them with an express authorization (Vu), 7 November 2013, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 60802

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