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Clayton Goes to Supreme Court To Defend Law

PRIVACY LAW

June 8, 2012

Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton will go to the Supreme Court of Canada to apply for leave to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling calling the province’s privacy laws unconstitutional, reports the Edmonton Journal. The case stems from a 2006 incident that saw a workers’ union threaten to publish video of picket-line crossers. Clayton ruled that their privacy had been compromised, but the Alberta Court of Appeal decided the laws contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. One Court of Appeal justice said the laws significantly stifle expression and encouraged lawmakers to amend Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act.
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