Does privacy legislation apply to me?.... YES!
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) applies to all federally-regulated businesses in Canada, with the exception of British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec who have created their own provincial privacy laws.
What is personal information?
Personal information includes age, name, height, weight, medical records, identification numbers, income levels, blood type, ethnic origin, opinions, evaluations, comments, social status, employee files, credit or loan records, credit card numbers, email addresses and so forth. Generally any information not made available on a business card is protected.
How can I be sure that I comply?
The tool, Privacy Toolkit for Businesses is a great place to start as well as our CFIB handout "Privacy Legislation: Compliance guides for your business."
As well, you can always contact our Business Counsellors at 1-888-234-2232 with further questions.