Leon’s claim to use personal information for reasonable purposes, held in Alberta Court of Appeal

Date Closed

March 28, 2011

Lead Office


After decisions by the Alberta Privacy Commissioner and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, on March 28, 2011, the Alberta Court of Appeal held Leon’s Furniture Limited’s claim that privacy legislation must balance the individual right to protection of personal information and the need of businesses to use personal information for reasonable purposes, with neither of the two competing values being predominant. The court overturned a decision that had given predominance to privacy interests and had discounted a business’s need to use that information for legitimate purposes.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP successfully represented Leon's, the appellant, with a team that was led by Geoff Hall.