Alberta privacy law ruled unconstitutional

John Cotter | Canadian Press | November 15, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down Alberta &s privacy law as unconstitutional in a case where a union photographed and videotaped people crossing a picket line during a long strike…

The union posted signs near the picket line saying images of people crossing the line might be posted on a website.

Several people cited Alberta &s Personal Information Protection Act in their complaints to the provincial information and privacy commissioner.

The commissioner appointed an adjudicator, who ruled that the union had violated the act.

But a court found that the ruling violated the union &s rights and the Alberta Court of Appeal granted the union a constitutional exemption from the act.

The Supreme Court, in a 9-0 ruling, essentially agreed, but also threw out the whole law. It has given the province a year to make appropriate changes.

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