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Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner comments on proposed amendments to Alberta PIPA

Jurisdiction: - Alberta

The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner's office issued the news release below today (November 20, 2014) in relation to proposed amendments to the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act.

The proposed amendments have been tabled by the Alberta government in response to a decision issued by the Supreme Court of Canada in December 2013. See my post here: "SCC rules that AB PIPA violates freedom of expression in the labour relations context; PIPA struck down".

The proposed amendments also follow a letter that the Alberta Commissioner, Jill Clayton, wrote in December 2013, following the Supreme Court of Canada's decision. See my post here:"Alberta Privacy Commissioner pens letter regarding how to make Alberta PIPA constitutionally compliant"

NEWS RELEASE

November 20, 2014

Commissioner comments on PIPA amendments

Earlier this week, the Alberta government tabled Bill 3, the Personal Information Protection Amendment Act, to resolve constitutional issues raised by the Supreme Court of Canada.

I am pleased the government brought these amendments to the legislature quickly as the importance of private sector privacy legislation in Alberta cannot be overstated," said Information and Privacy Commissioner Clayton. "I believe the amendments address the issues raised by the Supreme Court while, at the same time, balancing the need to protect the privacy interests of individuals."

Bill 3 proposes an exception to consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by a trade union in limited circumstances related to a labour relations matter, and is subject to certain conditions being met. This is similar to a solution recommended in a letter Clayton wrote to the government in December 2013.

Clayton noted Bill 3 includes regulation-making powers in the proposed amendments with respect to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information by trade unions. She hopes she will be consulted on any proposed regulations prior to implementation in order to comment on possible access and privacy implications.