In the past, the average person didn`t think much about how his or her personal information was used, or who was using it. Today however, the Internet and advances in technology have made it easier and cheaper to collect, store, retrieve and mine data. This development has raised public concern over the treatment of personal information.
We help you sort through the myriad of laws and regulations that apply to privacy issues. Business, health care, academic and other institutions ask us to assist them in meeting privacy law requirements everyday - from explaining the business implications of privacy laws to boards and senior management to designing, implementing and enforcing privacy policies from the ground up.
Our lawyers have deep understanding and experience with provincial and federal public sector privacy and freedom of information legislation as well as Canada`s privacy legislation known as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). As of 2001, federal, private-sector privacy legislation has applied to federal works, undertakings and businesses and to the disclosure of personal information across provincial borders. Effective January 1, 2004, PIPEDA has applied to each province, except for those that enacted substantially similar legislation recognized by the federal government.