Comply with Canadian Data Privacy Guidelines for the Private Sector
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Demonstrate your Compliance with PIPEDA
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is a privacy law in Canada that governs how private sector organizations handle personal information during commercial activities. PIPEDA sets out rules and principles for collecting, disclosing, and using personal information and provides individuals with certain rights and protections related to their personal data.
The primary purpose of PIPEDA is to strike a balance between an individual’s right to privacy and an organization’s need to collect, use, or disclose personal information for legitimate business purposes. The law aims to ensure that personal information is handled in a fair, transparent, and secure manner.
Fundamental principles of PIPEDA include:
- Obtaining consent for the collection, disclosure, and use of personal information
- Limiting the collection of personal information to only what is necessary for the purpose
- Ensuring data accuracy
- Using appropriate safeguards to protect personal information
- Providing individuals access to their own information and the ability to challenge its accuracy
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) monitors and enforces PIPEDA. The OPC is an independent agency that investigates complaints related to privacy breaches and non-compliance with the law. It also provides guidance to organizations and individuals regarding privacy rights and obligations.
PIPEDA applies to private sector organizations that collect, disclose, or use personal information during the course of commercial activities across Canada, except for provinces that have their own substantially similar privacy legislation (e.g., Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec). This means that most businesses operating in Canada, including corporations, non-profits, and some individual entrepreneurs, have to comply with PIPEDA. However, certain organizations and activities are exempt from PIPEDA, such as those involving federal government agencies, the collection of personal information for personal purposes, and activities within provinces with substantially similar privacy laws.
Connect with our Certified Data Privacy Experts to assess your controls and prove your compliance with PIPEDA. Our engagement options are ideal for organizations of all sizes with and without an experienced in-house IT team. Connect with an expert or schedule a consultation to explore the option that is best for your organization.