Court Refusal Concerns Commissioner, Has National Implications
PRIVACY LAWDecember 2, 2011
Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work says that the province's Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) needs to be updated in light of the Supreme Court of Canada's refusal to review an appeals court decision overturning his office's earlier findings, the Financial Post reports. The case involves the practice of requiring customers at Leon's Furniture to provide their driver's licenses when picking up furniture, which the office found in breach of PIPA. Work said, "The decision could be used to challenge what were thought to be reasonable, nationally accepted limits on the collection of personal information by private-sector organizations. We are moving backwards." The litigator representing Leon's said, "The overall message...is that privacy is important but it need not be the only overriding value out there."