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07/09/2019

Data protection in Canada: are Canadian businesses providing enough security today?

A year after the European GDPR regulation came into force, what is the bottom line for businesses in Canada?

Data protection in Canada: are Canadian businesses providing enough security today? 

A year after the European GDPR regulation came into force, what is the bottom line for businesses in Canada?

Companies are increasingly relying on data related activities, collecting the maximum amount of information on customers and creating innovative ways of using it. And that’s a fact! They have become crucial, regardless of the purposes.

In this race to collect information, the international community decided to implement an improved, controlled common framework setting out the conditions for collecting personal data and what types of processes are acceptable. In that respect, the European Union published the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has been in force since May 2018. In the United States, California decided to implement a data protection framework by recently passing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). As for Canada, it already implemented in its legislation, in 2001, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

A year after the GDPR came into force, what is the bottom line for businesses in Canada? Ignoring the different data security issues today is no longer an option. Regulatory constraints, which have grown with the recent introduction of the CCPA and its extraterritorial effects, must be considered and transcribed as soon as possible in the policies and processes of Canadian companies.

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