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Canada Dashboard Digest | 'Gap' in Manitoba privacy law leads to tow truck confusion Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Jan. 14, 2022


Canadian Underwriter reports on a case where Manitoba’s privacy law impacted the owner of a towed vehicle. A woman had her car towed in Winnipeg due to a parking violation. Tartan Towing stored the woman’s vehicle, but due to the Manitoba Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the company was legally not allowed to discover the operator’s identity. The woman’s vehicle was eventually auctioned off. The Manitoba Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling where the woman was forced to pay more than $26,000. “There is a gap in the [Manitoba privacy] legislation or, at a minimum, the administrative practices of the city,” Judge Christopher Mainella wrote in his ruling.
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