Privacy Commissioner Rules that LSAT Fingerprinting Violates the Law

PrivacyScan is reporting that the Privacy Commissioner is about to release a finding that the LSAT fingerprinting requirement violates Canadian privacy law.  The Commissioner rejected arguments that the test is non-commercial and thus outside PIPEDA.  Moreover, she found that there are less privacy invasive mechanisms to address concerns about fraudulent test taking.  A full decision release is expected within weeks.

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  1. Fingerprinting the Innocent
    A few of us sitting in a pub the other day started talking about fingerprinting and privacy. The question we came up with was, ‘why are people fingerprinted immediately after being arrested but before being charged?’ Example, as a 17 year old I was picked up for shop lifiting, I was fingerprinted and photographed. However, I was released and charges were dropped. Why were those steps taken over something so minor?