“The Digital and Internet Age Meets the Law of Search and Seizure” as the S.C.C. Clarifies the Law on Search Warrants and Computers in R v. Vu


The Supreme Court of Canada recently released a unanimous judgment in R. v. Vu [Vu],1 in which it ruled that authorities must obtain specific authorization in a search warrant in order to search computers located on premises covered by the warrant. In this case, the police collected incriminating evidence against Mr. Thanh Long Vu from two laptops and a cellular phone on the basis of a search warrant that did not specify that the police had authority to search these devices.

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