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    Globe and Mail: Ontario privacy czar flags illegal juror checks

    The Globe and Mail reports that Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian “has ordered Crown attorneys to stop collecting any personal information on would-be jurors beyond the allowed criminal background checks.”

    She found 18 of the 55 Crown attorney offices in the province had gathered personal information on prospective jurors since 2006 that exceeded the criminal convictions they are allowed to look into.

    In May, an Insurance Corporation of B.C. investigation found two cases “where lawyers acting for the organization breached the privacy of jurors in a civil trial.” In those cases, “lawyers acting on behalf of the company had ‘inappropriate access’ to the claims history of jurors.”

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