Western Canadian Privacy Forum Announced

January 9, 2006

The Information and Privacy Commissioners of Alberta and British Columbia are jointly sponsoring an educational forum for businesses in 2006. Customers, Employees and Privacy will take place April 26-27, 2006 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary.

The forum’s focus is on practical solutions to privacy compliance issues.

Delegates will be able to attend sessions from three separate streams. The first addresses the challenges of collecting and using customer information in ways that promote customer trust and create brand loyalty. The second stream of concurrent sessions focuses on the collection and use of employee information, including employee surveillance and workplace investigations.  The third stream provides tools and resources for privacy compliance including how to investigate and resolve privacy breaches.

“As the regulatory body responsible for overseeing compliance with our provincial private sector privacy law, I want this law to work, for both business and the people of Alberta”, said Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work. Since the Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) arrived in Alberta and British Columbia just over two years ago, the Commissioner’s offices have gained considerable experience and expertise in private sector issues of all kinds.  Frank Work and David Loukidelis, Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia stated: “Our work has also made us aware of challenges private sector organizations face under these laws and some of the solutions businesses have developed to meet these challenges.”  This is the first time the two offices have co-sponsored an event.