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Privacy

Submission + - Supreme Court of Canada rules on electric meters->

perp writes: According to the privacy blagosphere, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released an important decision today that considered whether an individual home owner had a reasonable expectation of privacy in electric meter data.

The police had asked a local utility company to attach a digital recording ammeter (DRA) to the electric meter on a home in order to monitor electrical usage. The data gleaned from the DRA and from other sources was then used to obtain a warrant to search the home. The search resulted in exposing a marijuana grow op.

The SCC ultimately decided that DRA technology merely indicates electricity use, not what the electricity was used for, so it was a reasonable loss of privacy.

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Software

Submission + - Canaian goverment eyes open-source software

perp writes: According to the CBC, the Canadian federal government has put out a call for information about "no-charge licensed software", defined as "proprietary software that can be downloaded for free or open-source software".

The article speculates that government departments could soon be making more use of open-source software.

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