An Ontario judge has ruled that Peel police violated the Charter of Rights when the personal information of about 40,000 Rogers and Telus subscribers was used in a robbery investigation.
Police asked for the information from a cell phone tower to help track down robbery suspects in 2014.
Peel police withdrew the warrant but a judge decided to hear the case because the matter was of significant public interest.
The Ontario Superior Court Judge issued his decision this morning after the case was brought to court by Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. on behalf of their customers.
He ruled the large warrant violated the Charter rights of the cell phone customers especially those who were subjected to unreasonable search.
The judge also issued guidelines on how courts should handle these orders in the future.