• It’s A Privacy Breach! Alberta’s Mandatory Notification of Unauthorized Disclosure of Personal Information
  • April 15, 2011 | Author: Julio N. Arboleda
  • Law Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Calgary Office
  • Recent amendments to PIPA require mandatory reporting of the unauthorized disclosure of personal information if “a reasonable person would consider that there exists a real risk of significant harm” that may arise from that loss of information. In those circumstances PIPA requires reporting of the incident to the Alberta Privacy Commissioner, in accordance with the Regulations. The Commissioner in turn decides whether affected individuals must be given notice in accordance with the Regulations, and may also impose additional requirements. Of course, a business that suffers a loss of personal information might realize right away that the privacy breach or loss of personal information is serious, in which case it should also consider notifying affected individuals directly.