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Privacy Commissioner: Union Accountability Bill “Highly Disproportionate”

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

November 8, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has told a parliamentary committee that despite amendments to Bill C-377, it raises “serious privacy concerns,” Toronto Sun reports. The bill aims to achieve greater accountability from unions on budgets, executive salaries and political activities, among other topics. Stoddart said the bill would require names, salaries and other financial details to be disclosed, calling such action a “significant privacy intrusion” that “seems highly disproportionate.” Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in a case involving union picketers that would clarify the application of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act.
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