On December 6, 2021, the British Columbia Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act (the Committee) released its report entitled Modernizing British Columbia's Private Sector Privacy Law (the Report), making numerous recommendations to modernize British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).
PIPA was enacted in 2003 and has been subject to legislative reviews every six years. The Committee was first appointed on February 18, 2020 and launched two public consultation processes. Overall, the Committee heard 43 presentations and received 57 written submissions.
The Committee concluded that PIPA must be “modernized to safeguard rights for individuals and provide up-to-date provisions to ensure competitiveness for British Columbia’s businesses”. The Committee made 34 recommendations in its Report. Some notable recommendations include:
Moving forward, it will be up to the British Columbia Legislature to determine the extent to which the Committee’s recommendations will be implemented.
To read the Committee’s full report, click here.
Summary By: Steffi Tran
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