Nov 192013
 
 November 19, 2013  Laws, Non-U.S.

David Elder and Bessie Qu write:

Nearly a decade after British Columbia and Alberta enacted their own private sector privacylaws, Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly recently passed the Personal Information Protection and Identity Theft Prevention Act (PIPITPA or the Act), a privacy statute governing the private sector in that province.

The Act, which has yet to be proclaimed in force, will apply to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by organizations carrying on commercial activities in Manitoba, and will govern the handling of both consumer and employee information. While much of the Act is modeled after Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), several differences are worth noting:

Oversight – strangely,unlike the other federal and provincial private sector privacy laws, which are administered and enforced by their respective privacy commissioners, the new Manitoba law does not establish a privacy commissioner’s office to oversee the bill.

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