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Learning from a Decade of Experience: Quebec's Private Sector Privacy Act (Updated)

In 1994, Québec became the first Canadian jurisdiction to adopt private-sector privacy legislation. As such, Québec’s Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI) and Québec courts have had more than ten years of experience interpreting and applying the various provisions of Québec’s Act Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector in a number of situations.

This rich body of jurisprudence has provided important insight for other jurisdictions overseeing private sector privacy compliance. In light of the fact that many jurisdictions today are facing similar privacy challenges, there is tremendous value in sharing knowledge and experience. Law-makers are struggling to adapt traditional legal concepts to the new realities brought on by rapidly advancing technologies. Decision-makers are constantly called upon to re-calibrate the balancing of social interests and values in an ever-expanding global economy.

As such, our Office set out to review and summarize Québec’s experience to date. As Québec’s Act Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector was deemed substantially similar to the Protection of Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in December 2003, learning from the experience of Québec and comparing our respective approaches may prove useful to our own Office.

We invite you to click on the link below to access Learning from a Decade of Experience: Quebec's Private Sector Privacy Act. Although we hope you will find this document useful, it is intended to be primarily descriptive in nature, and any additional legal commentary offered by the authors does not bind our Office.

Learning from A Decade of Experience: Quebec's Private Sector Privacy Act