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Privacy in the Digital Age

Recently, in the case of R. v. Matthew Spencer (June 17, 2014), the Supreme Court of Canada was called upon to consider our right of privacy in the context of the internet and IP addresses. An IP address is the location at which internet content is retrieved or disseminated. The IP address is generally associated with a named account holder who pays the service provider for access to the internet either through WIFI or directly. An IP address may range anywhere from your local Starbucks to your home or my criminal law office. In the Spencer case, Mr. Spencer’s identity was shared with the police by his service provider at the request of the police after it was discovered that the IP address associated with his account was used to access child pornography. The Supreme Court of Canada considered the broader implications of such sharing of information between service providers…

20 Jun 2014