Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (‘PIPEDA’) has applied to all Canadian businesses (both paper-based and online), unless they are subject to substantially similar provincial laws, since 1 January 2004. See www.privcom.gc.ca/legislation/ss_index_e.asp for more information on what is considered to be ‘substantially similar’.
A separate Privacy Act applies to personal information held by the Canadian central government.
These Acts are both overseen by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (www.privcom.gc.ca) and the Federal Court.
PIPEDA was designed to satisfy the EU that Canadian privacy laws were adequate for the protection of EU citizens. It incorporates and makes mandatory provisions of ...