BC FIPA and the BCCLA have made submissions regarding the statutory review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI).
This submission highlights a number of issues which must be addressed in order to ensure that the privacy of Canadians continues to be protected by this important piece of federal legislation.
The key issues and recommendations of the submission are:
- The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) should publicize complaints.
- The OPC should develop an effective education function.
- Fix the responses to security (data) breaches.
- Address Trans-border Data Flows of Personal Information.
- Address workplace privacy issues.
- Address the privacy implications of Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
- Confront the challenges of emerging privacy-threatening techonologies.
- Review sections in PIPEDA dealing with consent that are inadequate.
- Move away from an Ombudsman model and towards order-making powers for the Privacy Commissioner.