Ontario College of Trades violates privacy laws: Doug Leitch, Ontario Contractor and Small Business Association
This is a copy of a letter sent by Doug Leitch, and electrical contractor in Eastern Ontario, founder of the Ontario Contractors and Small Business Association, to the Ontario College of Trades, asserting that the College is in violation of federal privacy laws. This is a serious charge.
October 2, 2013 by Steve Payne
Editor’s Note: Doug Leitch, an electrical contractor in Eastern Ontario and a tireless advocate to get the new “tax grab” Ontario College of Trades abolished, sent us a copy of a letter he has recently sent to the Ontario College of Trades.
It seems as if they are in violation of federal privacy laws.
Here’s the letter…
If you’d like to support Doug in his efforts to get rid of the Ontario College of Trades, or at least reform it dramatically, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Privacy Officer – Ontario the College of Trades
Ontario the College of Trades
655 Bay St., Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2K4
Phone: (647) 847-3000
RE: The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
To whom it may concern,
I have accessed the Membership directory of the OCOT and viewed my personal information. Under the PIPEDA legislation and as per the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (see attachment), personal information is defined to include other identification numbers. Considering the definition of personal information I feel that the membership directory discloses personal information protected under PIPEDA and I have not consented to this disclosure. Other membership directories exist and disclose only the member’s name, license or designation held and if they are in good standing, however do not disclose license or membership numbers and other personal information.
Per the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 c. 22 s. 42
(3) Despite clauses (2) (f) and (g), a committee shall not direct and the by-laws shall not prescribe more personal information to be included in the register than is necessary to serve and protect the public interest under this Act. 2009, c. 22, s. 42 (3).
The personal identification numbers for OCOT membership and Licenses are not included as part of what the Act prescribed as information to be contained within the public registry (OCTA Act. 2009, c. 22, s. 42 (2) (a) to (g) section attached for reference) nor is other information that is being disclosed on the registry.
I respectfully request that the membership directory be amended to remove personal information which the OCOT has not received consent to disclose. This includes but is not limited to license and membership numbers and non-essential information not relevant to the objectives of the organization and not included under OCOT Act, 2009 c.22 s. 42 (2) and (3), to ensure that the membership directory only disclose such information which has been directly prescribed under the Act.
I await your response.