Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) became law on January 1, 2004. The purpose of PIPA is to govern the means by which private sector organizations handle personal information. PIPA recognizes both your rights as an individual to have your personal information protected and the needs of organizations to collect, use or disclose personal information for purposes that are reasonable.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is federal legislation similar to PIPA. PIPEDA applies to ASEBP regarding collection, use or disclosure of personal information outside of the province of Alberta.
Both the provincial and federal legislation have significantly impacted the way private sector organizations handle the personal information with which they have been entrusted. At the same time, they clearly establish a code of privacy practices that provide you with a mechanism to ensure your personal information is handled respectfully.
For more information regarding privacy legislation, please visit these websites (each website opens in a new browser window):
Your Personal Information and the USA PATRIOT Act
Canadians' personal information is often stored in the USA. We often provide it ourselves via online shopping transactions or by patronizing U.S. businesses with locations in Canada. Click here to learn more about this.
Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act was amended in May 2010. One amendment affects the collection, use, and disclosure of dependants' personal information. Click here to learn more about this amendment.