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Damages Awarded Under PIPEDA

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

September 14, 2011

A Canadian bank must pay monetary damages to a client after one of its employees disclosed the client's account information, reports Employment Law Today. An attorney representing Nicole Landry's husband in their divorce case subpoenaed a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) employee to deliver Landry's bank account information to court. The employee also faxed Landry's information to the attorney without her consent, which violates RBC policies and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Landry claimed personal harm and humiliation--for which PIPEDA allows monetary damages--and was awarded $4,500. This is the second time damages have been awarded in PIPEDA's 10-year history.
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