The LCBO can take your money, but apparently they can’t keep records of what you like to drink.
This after Ontario’s privacy commissioner ruled in favour of a local wine club Friday after a year-long legal battle, saying the LCBO must delete any records they have collected from that club.
The LCBO was demanding that the Vin de Garde Wine Club, who buys wine from the LCBO, give records on customer information, including names, telephone numbers and details of their orders.
Vin de Garde president Warren Porter told 680News they resisted, filed a complaint with the privacy commissioner, and came out on top.
“I feel terrific about the ruling because the ruling is essentially that the LCBO has not shown sufficient grounds to collect personal and private information from Ontario citizens,” Porter said. “It has therefore been ordered to cease and desist demanding it and to destroy all data that has been collected to date. We think it’s a real victory.
Porter said they went in to this fight on their own, and actually suspended their operations until a successful ruling came out.
The LCBO has now responded with a statement, saying they respect privacy but feel it is necessary to collect some information.
“The LCBO takes very seriously its obligations for protecting the privacy of its customers, both as a matter of legislative compliance and customer respect,” the statement read.
“Our submission to the Commissioner makes clear our views on the matter, that the collection of information is necessary for a number of reasons: to deter fraudulent sales, to establish clear legal authority for a transaction, and to ensure consumers can be contacted in the event of a product safety recall.”
The LCBO has meanwhile suspended new wine club orders for the time being as they look into their options.
“We received the Commissioner’s decision on Friday and are taking the necessary time to carefully review it and consider our next steps. During this time, we are temporarily suspending new wine club orders.”