Toronto Cops use infrared light to view into citizenís homes, claim itís an excellent tool. The courts first found that the use of infrared images
constituted a search under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and police should obtain warrants before use. Judge over turns drug bust of Windsor man,
police should have had a warrant to use infrared imaging.
Now the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the decision, York Police are very pleased. Lawyers see it as an invasion of privacy
Toronto Cops Ready To See Red
York police to step up infrared use following court ruling
Nov 4, 2004
Martin Derbyshire, Staff Writer
With the freedom to use infrared technology without first obtaining a warrant, York Regional Police helicopter officers expect to be busy in the near
Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the decision opening the door to a more liberal use of the technology. It's a door York Regional
Police are happy to be walking through.
However, in using the technology, police may be trampling all over the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, one York Region legal expert said.
"I see it as an invasion of privacy," Aurora criminal lawyer Barry Switzer said.
"The police and the courts may say I'm comparing apples to oranges here, but it seems like there is a video camera on you at all times these days,
every phone call you make, there some disclaimer that comes on telling you this call may be monitored. It's Big Brother turned on its head."
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I really do not like the idea of a couple of guys just flying around snooping in on the people of this country at their personal will looking into
peoples homes, to see whether or not they are hiding something, this to me rings of Guilty until proven Innocent
[edit on 7/11/2004 by Sauron]