Jessica Murphy reports:
OTTAWA – The federal language watchdog may be breaking Canadian privacy laws if he sends out ‘secret shoppers’ to spy on the bilingualism of private businesses, according to a constitutional lawyer.
“It’s questionable and possibly outside the law,” said Calgary-based litigator Gerry Chipeur on Friday, referring to the Official Languages Commissioner’s initiative to study bilingualism in downtown Ottawa stores.
Commissioner Graham Fraser may in fact be contravening the Privacy Act by gathering information on private citizens and stores in downtown Ottawa without jurisdiction.
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