Which set of rules applies to my firm?
If you are a federally-regulated business, or a company carrying out business across provincial borders, you fall under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Check out the Privacy Guide for Small Business: The Basics. You can also use an online tool to complete the steps. In as little as 30 minutes, you will have the basics of your policy established. Extra details on PIPEDA are at the bottom of this page. Scroll to the heading, "Privacy and your business".
All other BC firms must follow BC's Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and a great starting point is the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC.
Are sample policies available?
The BC government has a set of tools to help you create your policy. We've posted a Word template (see the link above) for you to quickly personalize by changing the highlighted areas.
What is personal information?
It includes details about individuals such as:
- height and weight
- medical records
- telephone numbers
- income levels
- blood type
- ethnic origin
- employee files
- loan records
- credit card numbers
- email addresse
Can I speak with someone about this task? Connect with your nearest CFIB Business Counsellor by calling 1-888-234-2232.