Saturday, June 4, 2011

Alberta Commissioner seeks leave to appeal Leon's case to the Supreme Court

In April, the Alberta Court of Appeal handed a significant defeat to the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Leon’s Furniture Limited v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 ABCA 94 (CanLII), a case about whether a retailer is justified in collecting drivers' license and license plate information from customers picking up furniture. (See: Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Alberta Court of Appeal overrules province's Commissioner on license info.) Now it appears the Commissioner is taking the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The application for leave to appeal was filed on May 26. The Court has discretion to determine whether it will hear the appeal, so it will be interesting to see whether the Court determines this to be a matter of national importance.

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