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The Canadian Press

Published Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:35PM EDT

Last Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:56PM EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s privacy commissioner says Loblaw Companies Ltd. initially collected too much personal info from some prospects requesting a gift card tied to an alleged bread price-fixing scandal.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada says its investigation discovered Loblaw failed to clarify to those who delicate info like driver’s license numbers, birthdays and digital images may very well be redacted, whereas a reputation and tackle had been wanted to confirm an id.

Loblaw provided the $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting it participated in an alleged industry-wide association to co-ordinate bread value will increase.

The commissioner’s workplace mentioned in a press release that Loblaw took steps to restrict the data it was gathering through the investigation and it was happy with these measures.

The investigation additionally discovered Loblaw didn’t want further consent for its switch of title and tackle info for processing, and that the grocery store was sufficiently clear about transferring information to the U.S. and El Salvador.

Loblaw spokeswoman Catherine Thomas mentioned in a press release that the retailer welcomes the discovering that any issues with this system’s privacy and anti-fraud safeguards “were either not well founded or resolved.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 16, 2019.


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