Gomboc: The Supreme Court Weakens the Search Warrant Requirement and Facilitates Police Investigations Again

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Response or Comment

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Gomboc, Supreme Court of Canada, Privacy, Electricity Consumption Information, Search Warrants, Informational Privacy, Homeowners


In Gomboc the Supreme Court has set the stage for further erosions of Canadians privacy. Its immediate effects are to undermine both the ability of many homeowners to protect any interest in controlling information surrounding patterns of domestic electricity consumption and what ought to have been the concomitant insistence upon the police obtaining a search warrant. The longer-term implications are more unsettling. In this comment, it will be argued that, although divided in its reasoning, the case provides support for intruding more readily upon informational and territorial privacy.