Certn is under investigation

Plus, Axolotl Biosciences representing Canada

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Certn is under investigation

Source: Certn

The offices of the federal and provincial privacy commissioners announced Tuesday that Victoria-based Certn is under investigation to assess its compliance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and provincial Personal Information Protection Act.

Certn provides background check services, including tenant screening services to landlords—this is the area both privacy commissioners are investigating.

The Offices will examine the company’s practices with respect to tenant screening to determine if they are compliant with the consent provisions under both laws. The Offices will also assess whether Certn ensures that the information that it collects, uses, and discloses for the purposes of tenant screening is sufficiently accurate, complete, and up to date; and whether the purposes for which it collects that information are appropriate.

Joint statement from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

“The personal information that is collected on behalf of landlords during the screening of potential tenant applications raises important privacy considerations. Landlords, and the services that they employ, must comply with Canadian privacy laws,” said Philippe Dufresne, Privacy Commissioner of Canada. “This means collecting, using, and disclosing tenants’ personal information appropriately, with consent and sufficiently accurate information, which is important as it may ultimately impact an individual’s ability to find a place to live.”

In a statement shared with media, Certn said that the company is cooperating with investigators.

Certn recently announced a new partnership with Kobalt.io and in March co-founder and CEO Andrew McLeod joined the Canadian Council of Innovators.

📰 More Victoria innovation news

💪 Who runs the world: Origen Air founder and CEO Susan Blanchet was included in Forbes as one of five female founders leading the charge for a sustainable future.

🤝 I’m movin’ out: Victoria holding company Tiny announced a new CEO, Jordan Taub. Taub was most recently CEO of WeCommerce, Tiny’s e-commerce software platform.*

🌎 I’m on top of the world: Victoria’s Axolotl Biosciences was selected for the 2024 BioTools Innovator Program. Axolotl, involved in the 3D printing of human tissue, is one of only two Canadian companies chosen to participate.

*Tiny co-founder Andrew Wilkinson is an owner of Overstory Media Group

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