Legal information related to PIPEDA
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
On June 18, 2015, the Digital Privacy Act received Royal Assent. The Act introduces a number of amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), most of which are now in force. For more information about the amendments, please see the Government of Canada’s Digital Privacy Act backgrounder.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) sets out ground rules for how private sector organizations may collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of commercial activities. PIPEDA also applies to federal works, undertakings and businesses in respect of employee personal information. The law gives individuals the right to access and request correction of the personal information these organizations may have collected about them.
In general, PIPEDA applies to organizations’ commercial activities in all provinces, except organizations that collect, use or disclose personal information entirely within provinces that have their own privacy laws, which have been declared substantially similar to the federal law. In such cases, it is the substantially similar provincial law that will apply instead of PIPEDA, although PIPEDA continues to apply to federal works, undertakings or businesses and to interprovincial or international transfers of personal information.