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November 29, 2011
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner’s (“Privacy Commissioner’s”) application for leave to appeal from the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal in Leon’s Furniture Limited v Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner). In a News Release, Commissioner Work is quoted as saying that the decision puts Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act “at odds with laws in other jurisdictions such as British Columbia and Canada. It means that we are off side with the rest of Canada on the meaning of personal information, and that puts the people of Alberta at a disadvantage.
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November 29, 2011
This AccessPrivacy Canadian Privacy Law Update includes brief updates about the following: 
  • Supreme Court of Canada Refusal of Alberta Privacy Commissioner Leave to Appeal Leon's Decision
  • Jill Clayton Recommended as New Alberta Privacy Commissioner
  • Federal Government Guideline for External Use of Web 2.0
  • CRTC Report on the National DNCL
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November 15, 2011
AccessPrivacy, in conjunction with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Alberta, recently held two workshops, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver. The purpose of the workshops, held through AccessPrivacy's CPO Forum, was to explore the meaning of the mandatory breach reporting threshold in Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA, Alberta) - specifically, when is there a "real risk of significant harm." Over 60 Chief Privacy Officer's or other privacy professionals attended the workshops and participated in a fully interactive workshop designed to obtain industry and regulator feedback and insight.
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