Alberta strengthens privacy act

Proposed changes include consistent standards for handling employee information
||Last Updated: 11/03/2009

Proposed changes to Alberta's privacy act will clarify and strengthen existing protections for Albertans’ personal information and keep the legislation in line with emerging business practices, announced Service Alberta.

“These amendments will help ensure Albertans’ personal information remains secure,” said Service Alberta Minister Heather Klimchuk. “Ultimately, they will help further a business environment in Alberta which both protects consumers and is business-friendly.”

Amendments to Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act include:

• requiring significant security breaches to be reported to the Information and Privacy Commissioner as soon as possible

• requiring that Albertans be notified if their personal information is processed outside of Canada

• ensuring consistent standards for handling the personal information of employees

• streamlining the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s processes.

A select special committee put forward a number of recommendations for amendments to the act based on consultation with organizations, associations, regulatory organizations and individuals.

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