Cell Phones and Right to Counsel

Sometimes police need to say “here, borrow my phone” The question of the use of cell phones to provide access to counsel in accordance with section 10(b) of the Charter arose for the Alberta Court of Appeal in R v … Continue reading

Using “Evidence” From the Internet

Immigration officer’s findings overturned because of independent Internet research. In Begum v. Canada (Citizenship & Immigration), Justice Cecily Strickland of the Federal Court presided over a judicial review of the decision by an Immigration Officer to deny a refugee claim … Continue reading

Searches of Workplace Computers

Technical requirements of file storage take priority over the strict terms of a warrant The issue of searching a workplace computer, when that workplace is a fishing vessel, arose for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Court in Noonan v Canada, … Continue reading

Unsolicited Telecommunications Violations

If they need help collecting the penalty, there is an obvious solution In a decision which attracted significant media attention, the CRTC has imposed a $500,000 penalty on a collection agency, iQor Canada Limited, for 100 violations of the Unsolicited … Continue reading

Federal Privacy Commissioner Slams FINTRAC

Finds that anti-money laundering agency collects and retains excessive personal information, and has security issues. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) recently released its Audit Report on the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), … Continue reading

Lawyers & Email & Ethics, Oh My

US decisions on lawyers’ use of email. The Philadelphia Bar Association recently issued an opinion on what firms should do with regard to the incoming emails addressed to a lawyer who has left the firm. The opinion is based on … Continue reading