Saturday, February 14, 2004

Discussion: Slashdot notices PIPEDA

Slashdot is usually a good place to check out for news and discussions related to the technology sector, with a geeky/user focus. (It's not called "News for Nerds" for nothing.) Yesterday, the following posting led to a very long and winding discussion about PIPEDA.

Canadian Privacy Act
Posted by michael on Friday February 13, @04:34PM
from the bless-canada dept.
Nos. writes "Yesterday, I happened upon an Act that came into effect in Canada on January 1, 2004. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act protects almost every bit of personal information not publicly available. For example, your name, race, date of birth, income, etc. are protected where your address and telephone number are not (these are generally available in the telephone book). Some of the more interesting parts of the faq include such wonderful things as: '[businesses must] supply you with a product or a service even if you refuse consent for the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information unless the information is essential to the transaction'. Definitely a step in the right direction."

Not much of the ensuing discussion is well-informed, but it is illustrative of common perspectives on the law.

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