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Opinion: Awarded PIPEDA Damages Could Open Floodgate

PRIVACY LAW

February 18, 2011

After the Federal Court of Canada's decision to award damages for the first time under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), it "will be interesting to see whether this case opens a floodgate of litigants seeking damages" opines attorney David Canton in the London Free Press. A judge ordered Transunion of Canada last December to pay $5,000 in damages to a Calgary man after it reported inaccurate personal information about him to a bank in connection with his loan application, resulting in it being denied. The court decision was based on the credit bureau's disclosure of inaccurate information and its failure to "rectify the problem in a timely manner."
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