Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Know A Bit Aboot Canadian Privacy Law, Eh?

Canadian National Flag imageIt's widely acknowledged that data protection law in Canada has long been more robust and strict than here in the United States.

In 2019, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada signaled an intention to interpret Canada's laws even more strictly, and indicated a desire to propose to the Canadian Parliament changes to the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act and the Privacy Act which would bring Canadian law more into line with Europe's GDPR.  In light of this, and my responsibilities for international privacy compliance, I began studying Canadian federal and provincial data protection law in earnest, and recently became credentialed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional in Canadian data protection law and practice (CIPP/C).

According to the IAPP, which is the world's premier (and largest) data protection certification organization, a CIPP/C designation means "you have an understanding and application of Canadian information privacy laws, principles and practices at the federal, provincial and territorial levels."  To demonstrate mastery of the domain, all applicants must pass a rigorous exam which covers all of the topics listed here, including Canadian legal frameworks, private sector law, public sector law, healthcare sector laws, financial sector laws, provincial laws, norms and standards, and best practices.

If you have an interest in obtaining the CIPP/C designation, I'd be happy to talk with you about it, and specifically how I studied for the examination.

Stay tuned, as I may be posting more content to this blog relating to Canadian data protection in the future.

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