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Do you ever worry about how your personal information is being handled? Want to know your rights regarding the handling of your personal information?
In this post, we’re going to introduce you to PIPEDA, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and connect you with information on the how your information is meant to be handled.
PIPEDA for Individuals
“When you do business with a company, you do more than simply exchange money for a product or service: Unless you pay in cash, you also leave behind a trail of personal information about yourself. Your name, address, credit card number, and spending habits are all information of great value to somebody, whether that’s a legitimate marketer or an identity thief” (1). As a result, laws have been created to protect individuals from the mishandling of personal information. One of these laws is the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Under PIPEDA, private-sector organizations must “collect, use, or disclose your personal information by fair and lawful means, with your consent, and only for purposes that are stated and reasonable” (1). They must also “protect your personal information through appropriate security measures and destroy it when it’s no longer needed for [its] original purposes” (1). Moreover, “you have the right to expect the personal information the organization holds about you [is] accurate, complete, and up-to-date. That means you have a right to see it and to ask for corrections if [it’s] wrong” (1).
For more information about PIPEDA for individuals, check out the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s “Guide for Individuals” on PIPEDA, found here. Also, check out the “Information for Individuals” webpage (found here) that covers subjects like:
- How to file a complaint
- How to protect your privacy
- How to protect your privacy in the workplace
- How to protect your identity
- How to protect your personal information online
- and More!
PIPEDA for Businesses
If you own or operate a business, knowing what’s required of you under PIPEDA and related legislation is absolutely critical. To learn about your responsibilities, check out the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s “Guide for Businesses and Organizations,” found here.
And if you’re looking for up-to-date information on interpretations of and rulings related to PIPEDA, visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s “Legal Corner,” found here.
(1)- “A Guide for Individuals” on PIPEDA from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada:
(2)- “Information for Individuals” on PIPEDA from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada:
(3)- The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s “Guide for Businesses and Organizations”:
(4)- The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s “Legal Corner”:
Links to More Information
Check out our past post titled, “Canadian Information on Recognizing and Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft.”
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