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Guidelines for cellular 'tower dumps' clarified

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Ahmad Mozaffari

Canadians have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the information requested by police when issuing cellular “tower dump” production orders. The Ontario Superior Court granted standing to telecommunications providers to provide submissions on the Charter-protected privacy rights of individual consumers who may lack the ability to bring the issue before the courts themselves.

A tower dump order refers to an order requiring all records of cellular traffic through a particular cell tower over a specified time period. Rogers and Telus, telecommunications providers that are often recipients...