Wednesday, December 21, 2011

SCC to release decision on securities regulation that may affect privacy regulation

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada will be delivering its decision In the Matter of Section 53 of the Supreme Court Act, R.S.C. 1985, C. S-26 and in the Matter of a Reference by the Governor General in Council concerning the proposed Canadian Securities Act, as set out in Order in Council P.C. 2010-667, dated May 26, 2010 (33718).

What does this have to do with privacy, you ask? A lot. Our federal privacy law is on shaky constitutional ground, as it may reasonably be characterized as an incursion into purely provincial jurisdiction in the regulatory realm. We'll see what the SCC has to say about securities regulation, which may have a real spill-over into privacy regulation.

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