Privacy law working well: commissioner

But employers aren't concerned about privacy
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/19/2006

The current federal privacy legislation is working well and does not need major changes for now, but Parliament might want to consider “more appropriate” ways of dealing with employee information, according to the federal privacy commissioner.

Addressing the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, which launched a review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) last month, privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said some of the most difficult complaints her office has received involved employee information.

“PIPEDA is based on consent which is a challenging concept in a workplace environment where there is unequal bargaining power,” she told the standing committee. However, she said it wouldn’t be prudent to adopt the approach used in Alberta and British Columbia, which does not require organizations to obtain employee consent.