A Canadian, Alain Philippon, was detained at Halifax Stanfield International Airport when he refused to unlock his BlackBerry smartphone at the request of the Canada Border Services Agency officials. He was also charged with hindering or preventing border officers from performing their role under the Customs Act.
Alain is reported to have said that he refused to unlock his BlackBerry because he considers the information on it to be “personal.” He was released on bail and will stand trial at a later date. This is an interesting development and could set a precedent for future situations.
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