On February 3, 2021, the conclusions of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec (QC Commission), the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia (BC OIPC) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (AB OIPC), collectively referred to as the Offices, were released—finding that Clearview AI violated the privacy rights of Canadians.
Over the last two decades, British Columbia’s courts have consistently held that there is no common law tort for breach of privacy (or intrusion upon seclusion) in British Columbia because of the similar statutory cause of action under the Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 373.
Criminal record checks are just one type of background check. Other background checks can include checks on identity, educational and professional qualifications, employment history, credit history, lawful entitlement to work in Canada and social media presence.