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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, October 11, 2021

"Canada privacy regulator finds ID scanning technology at Alberta liquor stores are illegal"

From Jurist:

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OPIC) of Canada published on Thursday the findings of its investigation into Alcanna Inc.’s retail liquor stores in Alberta. The investigation found that Alcanna’s use of ID scanning technology violated the Personal Information Protection Act of Alberta (PIPA) by collecting more than the reasonable extent of personal data.

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The OPIC noted that while Section 69.2 of the Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Act of Alberta (GLCA) allowed the collection of a person’s name, age, and photograph before allowing a person to enter licensed premises, Alcanna was collecting additional information on gender and partial postal codes for “more accurate identification.” Further, although the system did not retain all the information on the driver’s license barcode, it does initially decode and process it to extract the relevant information.

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