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Elizabeth Bernard’s 23-year battle to keep the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), her employer, from providing public service unions with her home address and phone number has ended with the Supreme Court deciding “providing home contact information didn’t breach her privacy rights,” the Ottawa Citizen reports. The ruling states, “In our view, the compelled disclosure of home contact information in order to allow a union to carry out its representational obligations to all bargaining unit members does not engage Ms. Bernard’s freedom not to associate with the union.” The court also determined that disclosing home contact information “didn’t breach the Privacy Act because the union’s use of it was ‘consistent’ with the employment reasons that CRA collected the information for in the first place,” the report states.
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