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    Police in Canada ask for data from telecommunication companies in almost all criminal investigations. Canadian cops can also use electronic surveillance tools, including wiretapping and access to stored messages.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Canadian police request data from telecommunication companies in nearly all criminal investigations, documents obtained by CBC News showed.

    A memo addressed to Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, published by the news outlet on Friday reads:

    "Canadian police estimate that at least one form of lawful access request is made by government agencies to TSPs [telecom service providers] in about 80-95 per cent of all investigations today."

    "Lawful access” includes both the use of electronic surveillance tools, such as wiretapping and access to stored messages, as well as requests for basic information, such as phone number and address.

    On Thursday, major Toronto-based telecommunications company Rogers said it had seen a significant drop in requests on customer information from police and intelligence agencies in 2014.

    The decline was noted after Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in June 2014 that police would require a warrant to obtain even basic information on users from Internet providers.

    The ruling put an end to the practice of companies voluntarily handing out customer information to police.


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