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Court Rules License Plates Not PII

PRIVACY LAW

April 15, 2011

A divided Alberta Court of Appeals recently ruled that license plates are not personally identifiable information, "sending shockwaves through the Canadian privacy community," the Ottawa Citizen reports. The ruling came after an Alberta resident was asked for her driver's license and license plate while picking up furniture at a store in 2006. The majority of the court concluded that while a person's driver's license is personal information, a license plate is not. An appeal to the ruling seems likely, the report states, but "the final outcome of this case carries significant legal implications for privacy protection in Canada, particularly for online activities that raise many of the same issues."
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