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Changes to Alberta’s privacy act in effect; Ontario helps organizations hire students; Baby boomer retirements could slow economic growth
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2010

Changes to Alberta’s privacy act in effect

Edmonton — Changes to Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act, including breach reporting and notification requirements, came into effect on May 1. Under the amendment, organizations are required to report a privacy breach to the commissioner if there is “a real risk of significant harm” to an individual. The privacy commissioner will then determine if the affected individual needs to be notified. Other changes include provisions regarding personal employee information, which now clearly applies to former employees and the post-employment relationship. A new provision also more clearly permits the disclosure of employment references without consent. Organizations are also required to notify people when their personal information will be transferred to a service provider outside of Canada.

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