A Year in Privacy: Highlights for the Courts and the Commissioner


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A Year in Privacy: Highlights for the Courts and the Commissioner

  1. 1. elder Communications & Privacy Law A Year in Privacy Highlights from the Courts and the Commissioner Meeting Your Privacy Obligations, Canadian Institute, Toronto 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 1
  2. 2. The Blockbusters Facebook Case Summary #2009-010  Ads not always “secondary purposes”  Issues with third party applications, deletion/deactivation, protection of info re deceased users and non-users Abika Case Summary #2009-009  Principle 4.6 intended primarily to address matters of objective, verifiable fact, not subjective opinion  Collection without consent, no disclosed purposes Deep Packet Inspection Case Summary #2009-010  Use of DPI for network management purposes is acceptable with appropriate notice and implied consent, 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 2
  3. 3. Festival Circuit Data Augmentation (Case Summary #2009-004)  Matching/sorting of publicly available personal information with geo-demographic data does not require consent Publicly Available Information (Case Summary #2009-13)  eMail address posted on website may be “public available information” ID Verification (Case Summary # 2009-012)  Verification of non-suspicious ID not required Compliance with Subpoena or Warrant (Case Summary # 2009-005)  Summons requiring appearance in court does not authorize direct disclosure of personal information without consent Consent for Collection (Case Summary #2009-007)  Innocent 3d parties filmed by PI Consent or depersonalization required 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 3
  4. 4. B Movies & Made-for-TV • Bus terminal video surveillance OK with notice Case Summary #2009-001 • Realtor advertises condo purchase price without consent Case Summary #2009-002 • Disclosure by insurer to 3rd party medical consultants of claimant’s medical files Case Summary #2009-003 • Airline need not collect birth date and month for travel insurance Case Summary #2009-006 • MDT and GPS in buses OK – not used to monitor employee performance Case Summary 2009-011 • Driver’s Licence collection not required for store membership Case Summary #2009-14 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 4
  5. 5. From the Bench State Farm v. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada et al., Federal Court of Canada T-604-09 (pending)  Does “commercial activity” require a direct commercial relationship between individual and organization?  Is PIPEDA beyond jurisdiction of Parliament? Privacy Commissioner of Canada v. Air Canada, 2010 FC 429 (T.D.)  OPC has no right to particulars of information for which privilege claimed R v. Wilson, [2009] O.J. No. 1067 (S.C.J.) (QL)  No reasonable expectation of privacy, for Charter purposes, where service provider agreement, privacy policy contemplates disclosure to law enforcement 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 5
  6. 6. From the Bench R. v. Chehil, [2009] N.S. J. No. 505 (N.S.C.A) (QL), 2009 NSCA 111, 248 C.C.C. (3d) 370  PIPEDA does not create a reasonable expectation of privacy for purposes of s.8 - Charter protection only for “biographical core” or specific and meaningful private information Waxer v. McCarthy [2009] F.C.J. No. 252 (T.D.) (QL)  unsuccessful attempt to collect personal information did not amount to collection under Act Speevak v. CIBC , [2010] O.J. No. 770 (QL), 2010 ONSC 1128  Settled class action respecting repeatedly misdirected faxes containing sensitive financial information 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 6
  7. 7. elder Communications & Privacy Law www.davidelder.ca 12 May 2010 © David Elder 2010 7