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Do I Have To Give Police My Cellphone Password?

Do I Have To Give Police My Cellphone Password?

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As technology advances, both law enforcement and criminals will seek to use it to gain an advantage on the other. The duel between police and criminals is the embodiment of the notion of ebb and flow. One of them gains an upper hand temporarily, while the other rushes to catch up. This couldn’t be more true than it is for the case of cell phones. In August, 2016, a group made up of all the Canadian Chiefs of Police met and passed a non-binding resolution that called for the enactment of a law that empowers police to unlock digital devices. For some time now, police officials have sounded off complaints that high levels of criminal activity is going undetected, and the evidence of its commission is stored on encrypted mobile phones.
As it currently stands, there is no Canadian law that requires you to provide a police officer with the password to your mobile device. Police often look for cor…

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