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  • Heather Ferg Joins ‘On The Wire’

    On January 2, 2014, the inaugural post titled Welcome To: On The Wire described the blog as a forum for opinion about the Charter of Rights and the criminal law with an emphasis on privacy issues. As we approach the end of six years online I am pleased to announce a new welcome. Calgary criminal law … Read more »

  • Cell Phone Border Searches Limited To Contraband

    On July 25, 2016, Miguel Cano arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry to the United States from Tijuana, Mexico. He was sent to secondary inspection by officials of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) because of a random computer referral. A narcotic-detecting dog indicated his vehic … Read more »

  • Facebook Listened To Messenger Conversations

    Google. Apple. Microsoft. Amazon. And now, Facebook is the latest tech giant to confirm using outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services. Here’s the story. On August 13, 2019, in the lead article carried by Bloomberg News titled Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcrib … Read more »

  • A Hot Target Vehicle

    On January 16, 2018, the police were on proactive patrol in an area of Edmonton, Alberta, riddled with property crime. They were on the lookout for stolen vehicles. Ford trucks were on the priority list. Then, along came Illay Mohamed in an F-150 registered to a woman. Here’s the story. 1. The Traff … Read more »

  • Privacy And Policing

    An online sting operation, the entry of private property and a midnight pedestrian stop produced three recent rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada that considered the parameters of police powers under the Charter of Rights. All three cases raised questions of privacy rights. 1. The Online Sting … Read more »