The province of Alberta has joined the Canadian Federal Government and a number of the other Canadian provinces, proposing to update its privacy laws. Currently, Alberta’s legal privacy framework includes the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). These laws govern the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of residents of Alberta.
In Alberta, personal information can include, for example, a person’s name, home, or business address, telephone number, ethnicity, age, gender identity, marital or family status, and identifying numbers, such as a driver’s license number.
As part of this process, the Ministry of Service Alberta (the “Ministry of Service” ) has launched an online consultation that will run until August 20, 2021, seeking stakeholder input on a number of privacy-related issues, including:
The Ministry will use the information collected during the consultation to identify and support its efforts to strengthen privacy protections for residents of the province of Alberta.