Software vendors turning blind eye to privacy

By Ian Turnbull
|CHRR, Report on HR Technology|Last Updated: 03/15/2005

The privacy landscape has changed a great deal in Canada over the last year. On Jan. 1, 2004, federal privacy legislation came into force in all jurisdictions without similar legislation.

Alberta and British Columbia chimed in with their own legislation on the same day, joining Quebec as the only provinces exempt from the federal law. Ontario passed the Personal Health Information Protection Act on Nov. 1, 2004.

Organizations doing any business in the United States, or that use a consultant or service provider south of the border, may be subject to the USA Patriot act and Sarbanes-Oxley. And then there is the European Union, a leader in privacy legislation. Don’t even try doing business in Europe without understanding their laws.