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Canadian Privacy Laws

Canadian Privacy Laws

In Canada, the legal landscape is more complex than in Europe, requiring (depending on the province) the juggling of several different laws (federal and even provincial). This calls for a fairly sophisticated knowledge of the rules governing the application of these different laws, especially when doing business in more than one Canadian province.

MyData-TRUST can help you implement the federal law (PIPEDA), as well as laws applicable in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

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The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is Canada’s federal privacy law for private sector organizations. PIPEDA sets out the ground rules for how businesses must handle personal information in the course of commercial activity. Here’s a look at its scope and main provisions.

PIPEDA and Canadian provincial legislation

Several provincial laws have also been deemed similar to PIPEDA. Under Section 26 (2) b) of PIPEDA, the Governor may exempt an organization, class of organizations, activity or class of activities from the application of PIPEDA with respect to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information that occurs in a province that has enacted legislation deemed substantially similar to PIPEDA.

If you have any questions regarding the application of PIPEDA and/or any provincial legislation applicable to your processing of personal data in connection with your activities in Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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