The vigilante group Surrey Creep Catchers is being investigated by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Spokesperson Jane Zatylny with the OIPC confirmed that information but couldn’t say much, just that someone had made a complaint.
The vigilante group says it’s netted several alleged paedophiles from stings including a Mission School Elementary School principal and a Surrey RCMP Mountie.
In Late August, Constable Dario Devic was caught on video, he was believed to be meeting with an underage girl for sex.
A month later Devic was charged with Child luring.
The group has also come under scrutiny for mistakenly naming another officer as part of the ambush.
And another Surrey man Darrell Berekoff said he was wrongly accused of being the subject a Surrey Creep Catcher’s sting which resulted in online death threats.
So far no comment from Surrey Creep Catchers.
Meanwhile, Criminal Lawyer Paul Doroshenko says because it’s not clear who made the complaint, it’s still too early to say what penalties the Surrey Creep Catchers could face.
But he says any group that collects information about someone, they need to get consent.
“They’re supposed to notify you of how they’re going to use the information, but what are the creep catchers doing? They’re pretending to be somebody else to get your information, there’s no consent, and they’re not telling you how they are going to use it. So, you know, this is certainly something that is well in the realm of the privacy commissioner to investigate.”
Doroshenko says while the privacy commissioner is not in the business of setting out fines, but there is a possibility this could lead to a lawsuit.
With files from Michelle Morton