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Help shape Alberta's new Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)
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Privacy & Access Council of Canada
Dear <<First Name>>,

The Supreme Court of Canada recently declared that Alberta's Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA) is in breach of s. 1 of the Charter. The Alberta legislature must now decide how to make the legislation constitutionally compliant.

While the Court’s ruling relates to Alberta's law, legal scholars acknowledge that it is also relevant to jurisdictions across Canada.

This is your opportunity to join your colleagues in letting the government know what you do want and what you don't want in Canada's data protection laws. 

We recognize that your employment or other associations might limit your latitude to express personal views. As a national, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-governmental organization, PACC is at liberty to express views on behalf of its members and others.

SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ANONYMIZED and integrated into a single comprehensive report to Government.

This is your opportunity to have your voice heard.
Send your comments to PACC by January 20, 2014 and indicate:
  1. What aspects of PIPA should remain unchanged, and why? What will be the positive and negative consequences of preserving these aspects as they now are.
  2. What aspects of PIPA should change, and in what way? What will be the practical effect of your proposed changes.
  3. What, if any, aspects of PIPA (Alberta), PIPA (BC), and PIPEDA ought to remain unique? What, if any, ought to use consistent language or definitions? 
Send your comments by email to PIPA@PACC‑CCAP.ca  or by mail to PACC at Suite 330, Unit 440, 10816 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary AB T2J 5N8

For additional information about this consultation, please contact me at President@PACC‑CCAP.ca or by phone at 877.746.PACC (7222)
 
Regards,
 
Sharon Polsky, MAPP
President, PACC-CCAP

PS This issue affects all Canadians. Please forward this invitation to your colleagues and friends who might want their voices heard.

Background
In November 2013 the SCC rendered its decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 (2013 SCC 62) and indicated that PIPA's "infringement of the right to freedom of expression is disproportionate to the government’s objective of providing individuals with control over the personal information that they expose by crossing a picket line." 

The Court declared the entire Personal Information Protection Act to be invalid "so that the legislature can consider the Act as a whole". The Court allowed "12 months to give the legislature the opportunity to decide how best to make the legislation constitutionally compliant."

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About PACC
 
PACC is a national, non‑partisan, non-profit association and the leading organization in Canada that is dedicated to access and privacy in both the private sector and the public sector. PACC is the certifying body for access and privacy professionals, and engages in outreach efforts to advance awareness about access to information and data privacy in Canada.

As an independent organization, and Canada's voice for privacy and access, PACC is dedicated to ensuring the independent autonomy of Canada’s access and privacy professionals to administer Canadian privacy legislation, while directly and impartially addressing the needs of industry, the public and private sectors.

For more information or to become a member of the PACC, visit www.PACC-CCAP.ca
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