Sep 092012
 September 9, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

James Wood and Kelly Cryderman report:

A new law that came into effect Friday giving Alberta police easier access to personal records when investigating missing persons cases is being touted as a potential lifesaver by the provincial government.

But critics say that however well-intentioned the Missing Persons Act is, it presents real dangers to privacy and, possibly, personal safety.

The legislation, introduced more than a year ago, allows police in a missing person case to seek an order from a justice of the peace to search personal information, such as cellphone and computer records, employment, education and health files, closed circuit television records and financial histories.

Read more on Calgary Herald.  You can find the text of the law here.

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