PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers

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PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers was launched by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at the Canadian Bar Association Canadian Legal Conference and Expo 2011. This new handbook explains how the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) relates to the everyday practice of Canadian lawyers in private sector.

PIPEDA covers the collection, use and disclosure of personal information in the course of commercial activities. Like other organizations in Canada, lawyers and law firms in private practice must comply with these or other requirements of applicable privacy legislation in their jurisdictions.

“While lawyers may be familiar with privacy laws in general, they may benefit from  some concrete guidance on how to apply the laws to their own practice,” says Patricia Kosseim, General Counsel for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. “Canadian lawyers have a leadership opportunity to serve as exemplars of ethical and respectful conduct on behalf of their profession and the clients they serve.”

PIPEDA and Your Practice—A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers was written by lawyers for lawyers. It explains how PIPEDA relates to the everyday practice of Canadian lawyers in the private sector.

Read the handbook for more information on:

  • Practical privacy issues that arise in the day to day management of a law practice
  • How to uphold best privacy practices in the course of litigation

The handbook is available at PIPEDAhandbookforlawyers.priv.gc.ca.

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