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Court of Appeal Decision Expected to Have Significant Privacy Implications

PRIVACY LAW

February 26, 2010

Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work has said that "likely hundreds of Albertans will lose the privacy remedies they thought they received in response to their complaints" as a result of a recent Alberta Court of Appeal's decision that found the IPC cannot extend investigation time limits imposed by the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). An analysis featured this week in ABlawg: The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Blog on Developments in Alberta Law offers a similar interpretation. "It seems patently unfair that complainants will not have their complaints adjudicated for reasons over which they have no control," the analysis states. Work is considering appealing the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada and has stated he will be asking the Alberta Legislature to amend PIPA to address the situation.
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