18.1. In addition to the cases referred to in section 18, a person who carries on an enterprise may also communicate personal information included in a file the person holds on another person, without the consent of the persons concerned, in order to prevent an act of violence, including a suicide, where there is reasonable cause to believe that there is a serious risk of death or serious bodily injury threatening a person or an identifiable group of persons and where the nature of the threat generates a sense of urgency.
The information may in such case be communicated to any person exposed to the danger or that person’s representative, and to any person who can come to that person’s aid.
A person carrying on an enterprise who communicates information pursuant to this section may only communicate such information as is necessary to achieve the purposes for which the information is communicated.
Where information is so communicated by a person carrying on an enterprise, the person must make an entry of the communication. That entry is part of the file.
For the purposes of the first paragraph, “serious bodily injury” means any physical or psychological injury that is significantly detrimental to the physical integrity or the health or well-being of a person or an identifiable group of persons.
2001, c. 78, s. 13; 2017, c. 10, s. 3211.