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This Month in NS Family Law – May 2021
Our NS Family Law team provides summaries of the May cases which appeared in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
Hands Off: Appeal Court Decision Strikes Border Agents’ Warrantless Device Searches
Travelers crossing into Canada must provide their device passwords for Border Security Officers upon request in order to facilitate searches. This creates significant privacy implications for all travelers but lawyers, in particular, should be aware of the scope of the Canadian Border Services Agency’s searching authority, which could impact their duty of confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege.
Safe House? How Smart Home Devices Pose Digital Security Risks
Our increased focus on online connectivity has also created new cybersecurity risks regarding the unauthorized access and use of sensitive information. These threats are heightened by the fact that many Canadians were already vulnerable before the pandemic given their use of smart home devices.