Bell TV Chided By Judge For Unauthorized Credit Check

Law360, New York (November 1, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT) -- A Canadian federal judge on Tuesday ordered a subsidiary of telecommunications giant Bell Canada to pay $21,000 for violating a former customer's privacy rights by accessing his credit report without his permission, calling the company's behavior “reprehensible.”

In his judgment, Judge Michael L. Phelan of the Federal Court of Canada concluded that the satellite television provider had violated onetime customer Rabi Chitrakar's privacy rights under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act by conducting a credit check without his prior consent.

To compensate Chitrakar for...
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