June 2018 | Article

No fly zone- new PIPEDA guidance on inappropriate data practices

Canadian Lawyer Online - IT Girl Column

On May 24, Canada’s federal privacy regulator, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, released a critical interpretation document intended to guide how companies subject to the federal private sector privacy act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, will be allowed to collect, use and disclose personal information, as viewed from the perspective of the reasonable person.

The guidance on inappropriate data practices is intended to offer interpretation on s. 5(3) of PIPEDA, which requires that organizations may collect, use or disclose personal information only for purposes that a “reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances.” The OPC will begin to apply the guideline on July 1, 2018.

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