Supreme Court issues new interpretation upsetting established protocol for obtaining internet service subscriber information
By Tim Banks
On 13 June 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision (R v Spencer) upsetting a common interpretation of a provision of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) that had been relied upon for many years as permitting pre-warrant disclosures of subscriber information by internet service providers and other organisations in response to police requests.
The provision at issue was paragraph 7(3)(c.1) of PIPEDA, which provides that an organisation may disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual if (a) the government institution (which includes law enforcement) has made a request for the information, (b) the government institution has identified its lawful authority and (c) the disclosure falls within one of the following specified categories…
Click on the link below to read the rest of the Dentons briefing.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.Register now
Why register to The Lawyer
In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.
Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.
Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.
More relevant to you
To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.
News from The Lawyer
Analysis from The Lawyer
Life in Canada is getting harder for firms as commodities prices fall and work volumes slow
Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all