The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OPIC) of Canada published on Thursday the findings of its investigation into Alcanna Inc.’s retail liquor stores in Alberta. The investigation found that Alcanna’s use of ID scanning technology violated the Personal Information Protection Act of Alberta (PIPA) by collecting more than the reasonable extent of personal data.
The investigation was opened on 23 January 2020, owing to widespread privacy concerns in the media after Alcanna announced the launch of an ID-scanning pilot project at three liquor stores in Edmonton. The project would use the Patronscan technology operated by Servall Data Systems Inc. The project required individuals to scan the barcode on the back of their driver’s license to enter liquor stores and was aimed at addressing the increasing incidents of thefts, robberies, and violence at Alcanna’s stores.
The OPIC noted that while Section 69.2 of the