B.C., Alberta privacy legislation pass PIPEDA test

Industry Canada recognizes provincial privacy law as "substantially similar" to federal legislation
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/04/2005

The federal government has officially recognized Alberta and British Columbia’s privacy legislation as being “substantially similar” to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Industry Canada officially made the announcement on Nov. 3, though it had announced its intentions to recognize B.C.’s and Alberta’s legislation as substantially similar earlier this year.

The move means that organizations in B.C. and Alberta that are subject to either province’s private-sector privacy laws are exempt from PIPEDA. This exemption applies to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information within either province.