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2021

The OIPC has archived several news releases, including all news releases related to orders. Prior to April 1, 2015, a news release was issued with each order. Orders are available here.

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Jul-29-2021 Commissioner Releases Babylon by Telus Health Investigation Reports
The OIPC has issued its findings and recommendations after investigating the Babylon by Telus Health app under HIA and PIPA. In total, there were 31 findings and 20 recommendations made in the investigations. Of particular concern, the investigations found that the collection and use of individuals’ government-issued ID and selfie photos through the app for identity verification and fraud prevention by using facial recognition technology was not compliant with PIPA and HIA.
Feb-03-2021 Clearview AI’s Unlawful Practices Represented Mass Surveillance of Canadians, Commissioners Say
Technology company Clearview AI’s scraping of billions of images of people from across the Internet represented mass surveillance and was a clear violation of the privacy rights of Canadians, an investigation has found. The joint investigation by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, concluded that the New-York-based technology company violated federal and provincial privacy laws.
Feb-03-2021 Commissioner's Full Statement on Clearview AI Investigation
Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton made this statement during the news conference announcing the findings of the Clearview AI joint investigation.
Jan-19-2021 Pharmacist Fined for Breaching Health Information
An Edmonton-based pharmacist received a $5,000 fine, plus a $1,000 victim fine surcharge, for using the health information of an individual with whom he was in a vehicle accident in an attempt to persuade the individual from submitting an insurance claim for the vehicle accident.
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