It’s time we talked … about the new PIPEDA rules coming November 1st

Are you ready for Canada’s new privacy rules? A recent survey by the federal Privacy Commissioner’s office shows that most businesses don’t have the procedures in place to comply with the requirements.

The mandatory breach notification regulations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act (PIPEDA) come into effect on November 1st.  They require organizations to report to affected individuals and the Privacy Commissioner on any security breach involving personal information that creates a “real risk of significant harm.”

Experts say the Government of Canada is moving in the right direction to protect privacy, but the impact on businesses is significant. Under the rules, organizations must track and keep records of all security breaches involving personal information for two years. Then there’s the thorny question of what constitutes a “real risk of significant harm.” Organizations that don’t comply can face stiff fines.

Proactive steps should be taken before the breach notification rules come into effect.  You might elect to undergo a compliance audit, commit to a round of staff training, or look into revamping your organization’s breach response plan. As a start, it’s vital to make sure your organization understands the new rules.

On Thursday, August 16th, IT World Canada CIO and Chief Content Officer Jim Love will be joined by Box Canada’s Crispen Maung, VP Compliance, and Rod Ryan, Consulting Leader, for a discussion of the coming PIPEDA breach and privacy rules enforcement. Among the other topics to be discussed at this one-hour session:

  • Breaches – What they are, and who’s most at risk
  • Regulations – What the Government of Canada has done, and is doing, to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to data security
  • Box – What it offers, how it can help keep companies safe and compliant

Join us for the webinar and make sure you’re prepared for the latest changes in privacy regulation.



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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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