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A recent Federal Court decision highlights the risks to privacy that could flow from unrestrained access by government to data in the hands of private sector companies. It also demonstrates the importance of judicial oversight in ensuring transparency and the protection of privacy. The Income Tax Act (ITA) gives the Minister of National Revenue (MNR) the power to seek information held by third parties where it is relevant to the administration of the income tax…

The report of an investigator for Ontario‚Äôs Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) into personal information contained within a published tribunal decision adds to the debate around how to balance individual privacy with the open courts principle. In this case (Privacy Complaint No. PC17-9), the respondent is the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT), established under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The OHRT often hears matters involving highly sensitive personal information. Where an adjudicator…

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