Annual Report to Parliament 2013 - page 7

Message from the Commissioner.......................................................................................................................1
Privacy by the Numbers in 2013.........................................................................................................................6
The Year in Review................................................................................................................................................9
Feature: Notice and Consent
Transparency key to consumer trust online....................................................................................................21
Investigation Statistics.......................................................................................................................................27
Appendix 1 – Definitions of Complaint Types under PIPEDA.......................................................................35
Appendix 2 – Definitions of Findings and Other Dispositions ....................................................................36
Appendix 3 – Investigation Process. ................................................................................................................38
Table of Contents
About PIPEDA
The
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
, or PIPEDA, sets out ground rules for the
management of personal information in the private sector.
The legislation balances an individual’s right to the privacy of personal information with the need of
organizations to collect, use or disclose personal information for legitimate business purposes.
PIPEDA applies across Canada to organizations that collect, use, or disclose personal information in
the course of commercial activities, unless provincial privacy legislation deemed substantially similar
to PIPEDA applies. Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia each have substantially similar legislation
covering the private sector. In addition, Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have
substantially similar legislation covering certain organizations in the health sector.
In all provinces, PIPEDA applies in respect of federally regulated activities in the private sector. PIPEDA
also protects employee information, but only in the federally regulated private sector.
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