The Globe and Mail reports police have found a surveillance device functioning as a cellphone tower “likely unlawfully intercepted” private text messages when used at an Ontario prison. Federal correctional officials launched an investigation aimed at locating inmates’ smuggled cellphones in the prison, but in using the surveillance device, the officials obtained several text messages sent by jail guards. Privacy professionals say the conclusion of unlawfully intercepting text messages is likely the first known police allegation of a surveillance device violating Canada’s Criminal Code. A memo obtained by The Globe and Mail found the case was closed in August after authorities concluded they would be unlikely to win any prosecution related to the practice.
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