Undoubtedly, technology has connected the world beyond barriers of geography and location. Personal information can now be collected for every action taken on the internet and it seems like one can’t fully maximize the potentials of the internet if their information is not taken. A PIPEDA compliance certificate tells your clients that your business is able to keep their personal information secure.
In 2000, Canada enacted its data protection act designed to protect consumers’ identifiable information. Since it was passed into law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has expanded to cover most private-sector industries. This means if you want to continue doing business in Canada you need to know the top PIPEDA rules that apply to U.S. companies.
Does your company do business in Canada? If so, and it includes transmitting, storing, and using personally protected information (PII), the organization must meet the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) requirements. This is where a PIPEDA compliance checklist will come in handy.
Canada’s PIPEDA vs. EU’s GDPR: what are they, and why should companies heed then?
Simply put, they are in place to protect consumers’ privacy. The laws are so similar that the EU has decided that the practices in Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) are ‘adequate’ by their standards.
While the EU may agree with Canada’s privacy policies, it does not mean that if a U.S. company is compliant with one, it automatically meets the requirements of the other. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and PIPEDA do have some differences, and if your company does business in Canada and Europe it must be compliant with both.
HIPAA and PIPEDA represent two initiatives wherein lawmakers require organizations to exercise greater stewardship of consumer medical information. In fact, inexperienced IT managers occasionally confuse the contents of these two pieces of North American legislation.