Ontario Court Issues Decision on “Commercial Activity” Under PIPEDA

An Ontario court has issued the first Canadian court decision to examine the meaning of "commercial activity" within the context of PIPEDA. The case involved a question of whether a recreational shooting association could be compelled to disclose its member list. The court relies heavily on the Privacy Commissioner’s guidance that for non-profit corporations "collecting membership fees, organizing club activities, compiling a list of members’ names and addresses and mailing out newsletters are not considered commercial activities." Case name is Rodgers v. Calvert.

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