Two executives meet at a function and exchange business cards. This makes the information public and allows it to be exchanged freely without worrying about contravening any privacy laws. Right?

Not so, says the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, who has ruled that a business e-mail address is personal information protected under the federal privacy legislation in a landmark decision involving spam last December.

"The case surrounded whether business e-mail is personal information and the commissioner found that it did not fall within the exemption �€“ many people call it the business card exemption," said Ottawa lawyer Dan Palayew, who specializes in labour, employment and privacy law at Ogilvy Renault.

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