access, privacy, Canada, unauthorized release of personal information, Nova Scotia Act, information access, privacy, legal history
According to Klein &Kratchanov (Government Information: The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy in Canada, 2nd ed., 2009), "there is one reported case of a successful private prosecution for violation of an access statute through the unauthorized release of personal information. The matter arose under a former Nova Scotia Act and resulted in a modest fine being imposed against a Minister of the Crown who had disclosed information about the complainant." What follows is a close, contextual study of a case unique in the short history of privacy law in Canada, from the perspective of the thirty-year development of information access and privacy law in Nova Scotia.
Barry Cahill, "Ministerial Misfeasance: R. v. Morris and a Unique Early Privacy Breach" (2009) 32:2 Dal LJ 367.