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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.