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Canada's New Private Sector Privacy Law

This course is designed to give participants a comprehensive understanding of why the federal government enacted a new private sector privacy law, where the law applies, what type of information is subject to the law, how future provincial laws will apply, and how the law is administered. This course also contains a comprehensive, principle-by-principle review of the CSA Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information. The CSA Code is incorporated into the statute and establishes the underlying privacy protection rules. The course materials include downloadable (PDF) versions of the CSA Code and the legislation, as well as useful background information.

Global Objectives

The global objectives of this course are:
  • To provide participants with a general understanding of Canada's new private sector privacy law - the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Part 1) - in order to understand the principles and dynamics of personal information protection, and to structure policies and practices in accordance with the law.
  • To enable individuals who will act as Chief Privacy Officers within an organization to clearly understand Canada's new private sector privacy law and apply it to the management of personal information.

Target Audience

Participants are expected to have an organizational role that deals with the collection, use or disclosure of personal information about identifiable individuals (whether customers, employees or other third parties). More specifically, this course is aimed at Chief Privacy Officers and Executives in private sector organizations who would like a detailed overview and operational guidance on Canada's new private sector privacy law.

Target time

9 hours

Topics Include


  • The Business Privacy Protection Issues
  • The Reasons Behind the Private Sector Privacy Law
  • The Federal Law in Brief

Understanding the CSA Code

  • Development of the Code as a Voluntary Model
  • Accountability
  • Identifying Purposes
  • Consent
  • Limiting Collection
  • Accuracy
  • Safeguards
  • Openness
  • Individual Access
  • Challenging Compliance

How the Law Comes into Effect

  • The Three Stages

Personal Information Subject to Law

  • Defining Personal Information
  • The Exclusions to the Law

The Oversight Regime

  • Role and Powers of the Federal Privacy Commissioner

Future Provincial Privacy Laws

  • Provincial Status

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