Privacy and your business: An introduction to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

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This course is a self-managed awareness training opportunity. It is intended to provide organizations and individuals a basic overview of the concepts of information access and privacy in relation to Alberta’s privacy legislation. A certificate of completion will be produced upon completion of all lessons.

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) is Alberta’s private sector privacy law.

Applying to provincially regulated private sector organizations, businesses and, in some instances, to non-profit organizations for the protection of personal information and to provide an individual their right to access personal information under the control of the organization.

For public bodies, such as government departments and municipalities, please see the Freedom of Information and Protection (FOIP) of Privacy Training Course in the course option menu.

This course will equip you with an understanding of the the following:

  • The Role of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC).
  • Overview of PIPA (and its regulations) and who it applies to.
  • Why (protecting) Privacy is important.
  • Why (right to) Access is important.
  • Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting and How to do it!
  • What Albertans/Canadians think about Privacy.
  • How PIPA relates to Collecting Personal Information.
  • How PIPA relates to Using Personal Information.
  • How PIPA relates to Disclosing Personal Information.
  • Employees (records) and PIPA.
  • Quick Overview of FOIP (As it relates to PIPA)
  • Overview CASL: Understanding Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Course Information

Estimated Time: 3 Hours

Difficulty: Beginner

Course Instructor

Shannyn Rus Shannyn Rus Author

Shannyn's strong academic background and passion for strategic information management systems make her a highly capable advisor for those seeking to integrate legislation compliance with real-world experience and management. Shannyn is a skilled advocate and educator of Canada's Access and Privacy Legislation. In addition to her Human Services degree, Professional Investigators and IAPP Certificates, she is certified with the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals at Professional (CIAPP-P) Status. Shannyn is a former municipal Councilor, frequent conference presenter and leads thought-provoking training sessions for public, health, public and private sectors in communities across Alberta.

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