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Canada Dashboard Digest | Supreme Court upholds privacy protections for sexual assault complainants Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Aug. 19, 2022


The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutionality of expanded privacy protections for sexual assault complainants in a 6-3 decision, CBC News reports. The expanded protections, passed by the federal government in 2018, require defendants to obtain a judge’s permission to use evidence of a complainant's prior sexual activities in their defense. The court said defendants have the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, but they are not guaranteed "the most favourable procedures imaginable for the accused."
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