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Commissioner Seeks Appeal to Court Decision

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

June 6, 2011

Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work says an Alberta Court of Appeal decision sets a "dangerous precedent" that will compromise privacy rights, The Montreal Gazette reports. The case originated when furniture retailer Leon's required a customer to provide her driver's license number and license plate number in order to pick up an item she'd purchased and put on hold there. The woman reported the incident to Work's office, and an adjudicator ruled against Leon's, requiring it to cease the practice and destroy similar data it had already collected. The company appealed twice and won in a March decision. Work has requested an appeal to the Supreme Court.
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