Following the report of law enforcement agencies making 24 surveillance requests on a Montreal-based journalist, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said courts need clearer federal guidance on those matters, The Canadian Press reports. Therrien said Parliament needs to play a role in guiding the courts on when to administer a warrant to obtain sensitive personal information. "It's one thing to say that the courts are involved," Therrien said. "That's a good start. But this case leads me to believe that that's not adequate in itself. It may be useful to give the court tools so that they're better able to exercise their power." Therrien also recommended law enforcement agencies publish reports on requests they make to telecommunications companies.
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