Tonda MacCharles reports:
In a judicial first, a federal court judge has ordered TransUnion of Canada Inc. to pay $5,000 in damages to a Calgary man whose loan application was turned down after another individual’s credit history was wrongly passed onto the bank.
Federal Court Justice Russel Zinn found the privacy breach and repeated failures by the credit rating agency to correct the “grossly inaccurate” information quickly and effectively, warranted payback.
He also awarded $1,000 in legal costs to Mirza Nammo who represented himself in court and persuaded the judge to make the first ever damage award for a breach of the federal privacy act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Read more in the Toronto Star.