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Personal information means information about an identifiable individual that is recorded in any form. It generally includes:
To ensure protection, the privacy legislation sets out how, when and for what purpose personal information can be:
The federal Privacy Act of 1983 governs the handling of personal information in the federal public sector. Institutions that must adhere include:
Section 6(3) of the Act requires government bodies to comply with the applicable regulations and any directives or guidelines issued by the relevant minister as it relates to disposal of personal information.
There is also separate public-sector privacy legislation at the provincial and territorial level. While generally similar to the Privacy Act, it should be noted that there are important variations between the jurisdictions.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) came into effect January 1, 2004.
It applies to federally-regulated organizations, across Canada, including:
The Federal Privacy Commissioner is authorized to receive and investigate privacy complaints. It can:
Private-sector organizations that fail to protect the privacy of personal information face significant risks, including:
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