The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has just released the summary of a new finding. This is the first time that I can remember where the complainants have asked to remain anonymous and the Commissioner proceeded to initiate a complaint of her own accord, as is provided for under PIPEDA. In this case, a number of residents of the United States complained that a Canadian-based internet pharmacy had unlawfully disclosed their personal information without consent to two American companies, who used the information without consent. The disclosure, which was by unauthorized employee activity, took place before 2004 and the Assistant Commissioner concluded she was without jurisdiction to issue a finding in that regard. Though the companies that acquired the lists did so without notice that it was purloined, the use was still without consent and the Assistant Commissioner concluded that portion of the complaint was well founded. Read the full finding on the Commissioner's website here: PIPEDA Case Summary #310: Commissioner initiated complaints against Internet pharmacies.