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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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Monday, March 31, 2008
There have been some interesting releases from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta's office:
Adjudicator rules personal information released in contravention of Personal Information Protection ActAn Adjudicator with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has ruled that the Alberta Teachers’ Association contravened the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), when it published an article containing the personal information of former members.
The Complainants filed the complaint when the ATA published their names in a newsletter stating that they no longer were required to adhere to the ATA’s Code of Professional Conduct.
The ATA argued while it had published personal information, it had done so for “journalistic purposes” and that PIPA did not apply.
The Adjudicator determined that PIPA did apply and that the information was disclosed contrary to sections 7 and 19 of PIPA.
Adjudicator finds Alberta Energy and Utilities Board did not disclose personal information in contravention of the FOIP Act
Information and Privacy Commissioner, Frank Work, has ruled that the parents of a student had no legal standing in a complaint over the seizure of their son’s cell phone. The Commissioner says he was not presented with any evidence under section 84 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) that the parents were authorized to act on behalf of their son, nor is there any evidence that the son is even aware of a complaint being made on his behalf.The parents complained to the Commissioner their son’s cell phone had been seized by school administrators who had accessed photographs contained on the phone.
During an inquiry into the matter, the Commissioner found the evidence did not establish that the parents had standing to make a complaint. The Commissioner also found there was little evidence that the son’s personal information had been collected or used by the school.
Commissioner releases investigation report on DeVry Institute of Technology, related to discovery of identity theft.
Commissioner releases investigation report related to discovery of identity theft
New guidelines set out how companies should evaluate the use of video surveillance that respects privacy rights and complies with the law.
Adjudicator upholds decision not to release Crown Prosecutor records
Adjudicator rules company tried to find applicant's personal information
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