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Opinion: Bell Case “Offers Little Clarity” on PIPEDA

PRIVACY LAW

November 27, 2013

In a commentary for Law Times, Mark Hayes writes of the recent outcome of Chitrakar v. Bell TV, where the Federal Court of Canada awarded $20,000 in damages for breach of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). “Many academic commentators and privacy lawyers suggested the decision might signal a sea change in the attitude of the courts towards damages under PIPEDA and possibly other provincial privacy statutes,” he writes, countering, “This is unlikely.” He goes on to suggest, “It’s doubtful Chitrakar will have much precedential value because of the unique circumstances and the questionable judgment shown by Bell in ignoring the Federal Court proceedings.”
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