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Ruling Expected in “Palace Casino” Case

PRIVACY LAW

November 15, 2013

Canada’s Supreme Court is expected to release its decision in Information and Privacy Commissioner v. UFCW Local 401—commonly known as the Palace Casino case—today, and Financial Times reports “the ruling could be one of the most important privacy law decisions of the year.” The case, which dates from 2009, involved union members filming replacement workers crossing a picket line and threatening to post the pictures online, prompting a complaint to Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Alberta’s Court of Appeal ruled in 2012 that while “publishing the images would have violated Alberta’s privacy statute, the legislation violates the freedom of expression guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” the report states.
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