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Canada’s Privacy Commissioner (PIPEDA) and the insurer’s use of car accident victims personal information

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (PIPEDA)

“Our office is unable to find that a reasonable person would consider The Personal’s collection and use of credit score for preventing and detecting fraud during the auto insurance claim assessment process to be reasonable. In addition, while The Personal informed the complainant of the purposes for collecting and using his credit score, our Office finds that The Personal did not obtain meaningful consent from the complainant in light of its failure to advise that such collection and use was optional. Our Office further finds that The Personal is not being open about it’s policies and practices with respect to the collection and use of credit score during the auto insurance claim assessment process.”

Letter from Office of Privacy Commissioner of Canada re use of credit information in auto insurance claims

Office of Privacy Commissioner of Canada report re use of credit scores in auto claims handling.compressed

Poverty Reduction Strategy – share your story

We encourage you to share your story to help us better understand how we can address poverty in Canada. We are interested in your personal experiences, and information on any supports or programs that helped you, or where you experienced gaps in social supports.

Clients not impacted by law society cap on referral fees

Although the Law Society of Upper Canada recently announced plans to cap lawyer referral fees, this will have no impact on clients or the fees that they pay their counsel, Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer tells The Night Side on Newstalk 1010.

The Drumbeat of Procedural Litigation Cycle

A number of key variables stood out in this study. In 1987, the average disability period was two months; this rose to seven months by 2005. The percentage of claims involving psychological injury rose from 1.1% to 36.2%. Lastly, the number of claims that resolved without legal Action having started declined from 77% to 16%.

Defence lawyers say their ideas to speed up courts being ‘met with silence’

The provincial government’s proposals to speed up the criminal justice system are nothing more than short-term fixes that don’t get to the root causes of delays, defence lawyers say.




Coverage you thought you paid for…

This week, news out that State Farm will face a bad faith insurance class action lawsuit brought by policy holders who allege they were wrongfully denied personal injury benefits after physicians found the policyholders achieved “maximum medical improvement”.

Pedestrian Safety: Accidents and Fatalities – Walk The Line

According to recent news posts, in Toronto, a pedestrian is struck by a car every four hours. In the Province of Ontario a pedestrian dies every ten days. This is attributed to a number of factors, including distracted driving, speeding, and pedestrian negligence.

Texting And Driving In Ontario – Keep Your Hands Off Your Phone And Eyes On The Road

Texting and driving is a serious issue on Ontario roads. Do you really need to check that text? Do you really need to send that text right now – when driving? While we all know the answer to these questions, there are still countless drivers who choose to text while driving and put themselves and others in danger.

Canada Without Poverty > Poverty > Just the Facts

Nearly five million people in Canada – that’s one out of every seven individuals – currently live in poverty. Poverty is a widespread issue across the country and the world, but vulnerable groups such as people living with disabilities, single parents, elderly individuals, youth, and racialized communities are more susceptible. The effects of poverty can be expressed in different aspects of a person’s life, including food security, health, and housing. The following statistics show the different manifestations of poverty in Canada.