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Judge says hold the phone when it comes to massive cell searches

Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

An Ontario judge has reined in sweeping production orders for cellphone data, but says Parliament should decide whether and what constraints apply to police retention of the resulting personal information for use in other investigations.

Ontario Superior Court Justice John Sproat’s Jan. 14 ruling gives police and justices of the peace guidelines on the issuance of so-called “tower dump” production orders (i.e. judicial instructions to provide police with thousands of records of phone calls and text messages made via a particular cell tower over a specific...