[kwlug-disc] Canadian judge rules no privacy for online tasks

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Wed Feb 18 11:33:14 EST 2009

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I recall the CBC news site having an incidental mention of this.

I think it just re-enforces what should be clear to everyone:

To first approximation, if it is done online, it is public

Unless the user takes steps to protect their privacy, (encryption, VPN,
ip anonymization...) expect your activities to be communicated to the
world.  It is a mistake to think that someone out there is going to
protect your privacy for you.

It would be nice if IP communications had the same legal standing as
old-style telephone and postal communications, but that has never been
case.  And probably never will be.

Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>     A friend on the other side on the planet sent me this, from a USA
>     source.
>     / Canadian judge: No warrant needed to see ISP logs /
> /A Superior Court in Ontario, Canada has ruled that IP addresses are
> akin to your home address, and therefore people have no expectation of
> privacy when it comes to their online activities being accessed by law
> enforcement. This means that, in Canada, police can potentially request
> information from your ISP about online activities, and can do so without
> a warrant.
> /
> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/02/canadian-judge-no-expectation-of-privacy-in-online-tasks.ars
> Either it did not get reported locally, or I missed it completely.
> I think this is very troubling.
> Thoughts?
> -- 
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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