from the Canada-and-Scandanavia-sorted-now-for-everyone-else dept.
The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that Internet providers can't provide customer names and addresses to police without a warrant
Friday's decision concerned the case of Matthew David Spencer, of Saskatchewan, who was charged and convicted of possession of child pornography after a police officer saw illegal files being downloaded to his IP address. His ISP was asked for and provided the subscriber information associated with the IP Address, which lead to his conviction. Spencer appealed the decision, arguing that the search was unconstitutional and his rights were violated.
Although the Supreme Court set limits on when internet providers can disclose customer information, it dismissed Spencer's appeal.
You can read the ruling here.