New PIPA Legislation Explained at Access and Privacy Conference

June 8, 2004

The new Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) affects minimum requirements for collection, use, and disclosure of citizens’ personal information by private sector organizations. The Act acknowledges Albertans’ rights to protection of personal information and organizations’ needs to collect, use, or disclose that information for reasonable purposes.

“The point of discussing PIPA is for federal and provincial experts to assist access and privacy professionals to garner clear insight into not only PIPA and what it means to Albertans’ daily lives, but also PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), the Federal Access to Information and Privacy Act, FOIP (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act), and HIA (Health Information Act) and how these Acts impact Albertans as well,” Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work said.

Additional topics being discussed at the conference include the review of the HIA emphasizing how information custodians use, disclose, correct, and handle Albertans’ requests for individual health information.

On the topic of PIPEDA keynote speaker Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, discusses her collaboration with Frank Work, Privacy Commissioner of Alberta as they strive to harmonize approaches to minimize red-tape and create seamless privacy protection that is practical for business and respectful of customers’ confidentiality and personal information.

Other conference highlights include a plenary address about the future of privacy protection for Albertans and Canadians by Frank Work, Privacy Commissioner of Alberta.

The Honourable John Reid, Information Commissioner of Canada, discusses his insight for Canada’s new Prime Minister, based on many years in the federal government and in his current post.

The University of Alberta’s Access and Privacy Conference 2004 is hosted by the Faculty of Extension, Government Studies, at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel June 10 and 11, 2004.