The Supreme Court of Canada ruled citizens have the right to privacy over the materials stored on a machine they share with other individuals, The Canadian Press reports. The decision stemmed from a case where the common-law spouse of Thomas Reeves consented to a police seizure of a computer they both owned after she discovered child pornography on the device. The court determined the warrantless seizure of the computer violated Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “We are not required to accept that our friends and family can unilaterally authorize police to take things that we share,” Justice Andromache Karakatsanis wrote in the ruling. “The decision to share with others does not come at such a high price in a free and democratic society.”
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