Privacy For Business

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The use of personal information in Canadian commercial activities is protected by federal legislation under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), or by provincial legislation that is "substantially similar" to the federal legislation.

PIPEDA applies to both traditional, paper-based business as well as on-line commercial activities.

Privacy is a deeply-rooted, strongly-held public value. PIPEDA was enacted to alleviate consumer concerns about privacy and to allow Canada's business community to compete in the global digital economy. Organizations able to demonstrate their respect for, and protection of, personal information will gain a cutting edge on the competition. Complying with PIPEDA will build trust in the digital marketplace and create opportunities for Canadian businesses.

As a result, Canadian organizations need to develop and implement privacy policies.