Bill 3 to amend privacy laws in Alberta

Unions would be allowed to disclose personal information during strike
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/08/2014

Straddling the line between personal and public rights can prove an arduous balancing act — territory that Alberta’s government is navigating with the introduction of amendments to its information privacy laws.

The Personal Information Protection Amendment Act, known simply as Bill 3, was introduced on Nov. 17, and with it came a slew of amendments to the way unions are allowed to use an employee’s information.

Under the proposed legislation, a union would be permitted to collect, use and disclose personal information (such as photos or videos) without the individual’s consent in the event of a labour dispute or strike.