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Commissioner Will Appeal Court's Decision

PRIVACY LAW

January 29, 2010

Alberta's highest court ruled this week that the Information and Privacy Commissioner may no longer extend the 90-day term for privacy investigations unless he can justify the need for an extension on a case-by-case basis, the Edmonton Journal reports. "The time rules intend to promote inquiry efficiency and the expeditious resolution of privacy claims," the Court of Appeal wrote in its decision. The case stems from the prolonged investigation of an Alberta Teacher's Association privacy complaint. Commissioner Frank Work said the decision will undermine the work of the commission and that he will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.  
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