Published on Thursday December 20, 2012
Supreme Court allows appeal over Ontario sex-offender data
"OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada will allow the appeal of a ruling that would compel the Ontario government to reveal the number of sex offenders in the province by partial postal code.
The province’s Community Safety Ministry and its Information and Privacy Commissioner have been locked in a lengthy battle over the data, which the government says could identify individual offenders.
Earlier this year, Ontario’s top court ruled the information should be released.
The privacy commissioner had previously ordered the records be disclosed to an unnamed journalist, who made the request under Freedom of Information laws.
Last year, the Divisional Court dismissed the ministry’s application for a judicial review of the commissioner’s decision.
The ministry had said the information could reasonably lead to an expectation of harm, facilitate the commission of an illegal act or hamper the control of crime."
Supreme Court allows appeal in spat over Ontario sex-offender data