Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal in the case Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. Leon’s Furniture Limited. At issue was whether Leon’s store policy, of recording the driver’s licence numbers and vehicle licence plate numbers of individuals picking up furniture, contravened Alberta’s private sector privacy statute. Leon’s had instituted the policy in order to deter, prevent, and detect fraud.
As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal stands. The majority of the Court of Appeal found that licence plate numbers are not “personal information” about an … Continue Reading