CBA reports Philippon was charged under Customs Act section 153.1 (b). Currently he is on bail and his phone has been seized by the agency.
Philippon is slated to appear in court to face the charges in May. In one of his media interviews, the accused claimed that he refused to unlock his smartphone simply because it contains “personal” data. He vows to fight the charges as well.
As per a border services spokesperson, “Officers are trained in examination, investigative and questioning techniques. To divulge our approach may render our techniques ineffective. Officers are trained to look for indicators of deception and use a risk management approach in determining which goods may warrant a closer look.”
Philippon will be first Canadian citizen to vouch for testing the density and scope of the applicable law.