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Light shed on when electricity distributors can share customer data with police

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 9:39 AM | By David Stevens

A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal serves as a warning to electricity distributors not to volunteer information about their customers’ energy consumption to police.

In R. v. Orlandis-Habsburgo 2017 ONCA 649, the court found that customers have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their energy consumption data, and that the examination and use of that data by police without the customers’ consent or judicial authorization is an unreasonable search and seizure under s. 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms....