On January 28th the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal dismissed a privacy breach￼ allegation￼ that was based on a municipality’s admitted disclosure of address information to a related service commission so the service commission could bill for certain statutorily mandated charges. ￼The Court held there was no reasonable expectation of privacy in the information disclosed, reasoning as follows:￼
Mr. Banfield’s information was not confidential, secret or anonymous. Neither did it offer a glimpse into Mr. Banfield’s intimate, personal or sensitive activities. Nor did it involve the investigation of a potential offence. Rather, it enabled a regulated public utility to invoice Mr. Banfield with rates approved under statutory authority for a legally authorized service that, in fact, Mr. Banfield received.