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Surrey Creep Catchers investigation could be the end: lawyer

Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 8:56 pm PST

Creep Catchers

The Office of the Information Privacy Commissioner says it's acting on a complaint but won't go into details

Creep Catchers pose as minors online to try to catch sex predators

A Surrey RCMP officer was arrested last September after Surrey Creep Catchers livestreamed a sting operation

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — This could be the beginning of the end for the Surrey Creep Catchers now that BC’s privacy watchdog is investigating a complaint.

Vancouver Lawyer Paul Doroshenko specializes in criminal law and says, “if I was advising them, I would be telling them to shut down.”

BC’s Personal Information Protection Act rules against collecting and publishing information without telling someone why it’s being collected.

“If you collect information you have to be forthcoming about why you’re collecting it, and if you’re disseminating information that you’ve collected before you do it. They’re sending emails or messages or direct messages or what have you back and forth with the people they’re trying to trap.”

Doroshenko says it is just a matter of time before the vigilante group’s sexual predator hunt runs into trouble.

“Myself, and pretty much every other lawyer I know has been looking at it apprehensively thinking this is something that could backfire on them.”

Violating provincial privacy legislation could result in a fine of up to $100,000.

Doroshenko says the cost could be much higher if the accused has to foot the bill for a target’s lost income.