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Outcry may curtail police social media surveillance

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Ahmad Mozaffari and Anne Posno

Real-time surveillance of social media by police breaches privacy rights and may infringe basic rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The recent revelation of the use of real-time, location-based social media surveillance by police in the United States, such as during protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, has attracted strong criticism from civil liberties groups. In the wake of the objection of police use of social media surveillance, many social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube have...