Can a search warrant be used to search a computer without consent?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from R. v. Dadmand, 2016 BCSC 764 (CanLII):

The distinctive privacy concerns engaged when a computer is searched require a specific assessment of whether, in a particular situation, the public's interest in being left alone by government must give way to the government's interest in intruding on the individual's privacy in order to advance its goals, notably those of law enforcement: Vu at para. 47, citing Hunter v. Southam Inc., 1984 CanLII 33 (SCC), [1984] 2 S.C.R. 145 at 159, 160.

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