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Alberta Government Granted Extension to Amend PIPA

November 3, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has granted the Government of Alberta a six-month extension to amend the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)Last November, in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401the SCC ruled that PIPA was unconstitutional and declared it invalid.  The Government of Alberta was given 12 months to bring the Act in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta has released a statement supporting the extension.  For details on the ruling, see Commissioner Jill Clayton's letter to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and the Minister of Service Alberta of December 2013 proposing an amending solution.

We will be discussing this development on our next Monthly Call on November 19, 2014.  You may also be interested in our Advanced Currency Training for Seasoned CPOs on November 28, 2014 This full-day session is aimed at enabling experienced CPOs to maintain their currency and be aware of emerging themes and developments in the privacy arena. It focuses on new compliance expectations, emerging challenges and best practices as well as a strategic approach to achieving a best-in-class and demonstrably compliant privacy program.  





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