Manitoba’s privacy bill needs employer support (Guest commentary)

Private member’s bill more business friendly than PIPEDA
By Brian Bowman
|Western Report|Last Updated: 06/15/2009

The Manitoba legislature is debating Bill 219, The Personal Information Protection and Identity Theft Protection Act.

The private member’s bill was introduced by Mavis Taillieu of the opposition Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. It seeks to regulate the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by organizations in the private sector and is intended to be “substantially similar” to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

It would also establish a duty for organizations to notify individuals who may be affected when the personal information an organization has collected is lost, stolen or compromised. Such a requirement would be groundbreaking in Canada (notwithstanding Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, which has a mandatory breach notification requirement).