Cellphone surveillance technology has been a closely guarded secret in Canadian law enforcement. But it doesn’t always work, and that can make it hard to defend yourself in court.
As part of a 2010 investigation into a Montreal crime family, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted and decrypted one million BlackBerry messages. A Quebec judge wanted to know how.
In a Montreal mob investigation, Canadian police sought, and obtained, the key that encrypts all consumer-grade BlackBerrys.