With Canada's national privacy legislation slated to take full effect on Jan. 1, 2004, most privacy watchers anticipated that 2003 would be an eventful year. Led by Ontario, some provinces were expected to introduce their own privacy legislation.
Archive for May, 2003
Following British Columbia’s lead, the Province of Alberta last week introduced a private sector privacy bill. The bill is designed to provide the province with substantially similar privacy legislation as that found at the Canadian national level. see: Alberta bill
Canadian Business runs a good article on court challenges to recent Canadian Privacy Commissioner decisions. There are at least three cases currently winding their way through the court system. see: Canadian Business article
Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has publicly challenged the recently introduced B.C. privacy legislation. The Commissioner highlights several shortcomings in the law that he says if not amended would cause him to recommend that the law does not meet the substantial similarity test established by Canada’s federal privacy legislation. see: Commissioner’s letter
The Province of British Columbia has become the first Canadian province to introduce private sector privacy legislation in response to the federal PIPEDA legislation that will take effect at the provincial level next year. Quebec already such legislation in place. see: B.C. Bill