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Canadian Judge Allows Use of IP Addresses to Identify People Without Search Warrant

A ruling in Canadian Court could allow police to routinely use IP addresses to identify line users without any need for search warrants, reports the National Post. The Ontario Superior Court justice Lynne Leitch's found that there is "no reasonable expectation of privacy" in subscriber information kept by Internet service providers, in a decision issued this week.

The decision is binding on lower courts in Ontario, and it is the first time a Superior Court level judge in Canada has ruled on whether there are privacy rights in this information that are protected by the Charter.

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