An essential quick reference for understanding the Personal Information Protection Act
This Quick Reference explains what personal employee information can or must be kept by the employer; what it can be used for; with whom it can be shared. It outlines the employer requirements in each province with respect to the collection, disclosure, enforcement rules, process and use of personal information by organizations.
NEW IN THIS EDITION There were several privacy law developments to take note of in 2016. Firstly, there was an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling suggesting that the definitions under different privacy acts should be interpreted in similar ways across the legislative divides. This follows the previous decisions of privacy commissioners suggesting the same thing, and means that decisions under other federal and provincial privacy acts, although not binding under PIPA, will likely be considered influential in how PIPA is interpreted. The second development was the trending topic of increasing technology usage, which was brought before the Alberta Privacy Commissioner in several instances, most notably in refining the privacy issues regarding video surveillance.