|The purpose of this site is to provide free information about PIPEDA to individuals and businesses in Canada. The PIPEDA is the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act which became fully effective in January of 2004.
PIPEDA Privacy Act vs. Patriot ACT
December 13, 2006
Following the events of 9/11 the American government moved quickly to put in place legislation which would allow the government and security official’s quick and limitless access into data banks containing personal information with the intent of being able to identify terrorists. This act is known as the USA Patriot Act. In Canada we have an act known as PIPEDA, (personal information protection and electronic documents act) which governs the collection, use or disclosure of personal information collected through commercial activity.
What many Canadians may not be aware of is that many of the data banks that are used to store personal Canadian information ranging from financial to health data is kept in data banks in the US, where the USA Patriot Act takes president over the Canadian privacy act PIPEDA.
Some pieces of information such as a phone number or address are inconsequential, as they already appear in many easy to access directories. But there are pieces of information that you may wish to keep private for good reason. Many serious and detrimental consequences can occur from the illicit use of personal information. Identity theft, health information leaked, financial disclosures are some examples of information that Canadians are concerned about keeping securely private.
The European model is not to allow access to private information with any group or country that does not have compatible legislation governing the collection, storage and use of data. As for Canada and the United States, there is an obvious dichotomy in philosophy which is difficult but perhaps not impossible to navigate.
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From the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
PIPEDA For Canadian Businesses
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