Making your business or organization compliant with PIPEDA — the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act — can feel like a big task. If you don’t have access to dedicated compliance resources, this can feel like an even bigger challenge.
The good news is that for Canadian businesses and organizations that need to comply with the federal privacy legislation, there are many free resources available online. Here are five we recommend you check out.
#1 PIPEDA for Business Video
Step one in making sure your business and your people are on the way to being compliant: awareness. Our partners at the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) shared this key concept during a webinar we sponsored, and it remains a first and critical step towards compliance.
There’s a lot of information to read online in the PIPEDA compliance help centre, but if you’ve got five minutes to spare, you can get started by watching this video from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).
#2 Privacy Quiz for Businesses
You don’t know what you don’t know, but there’s a tool that can help with this when it comes to knowing more about privacy legislation compliance.
OPC has produced an interactive, five-question mini-quiz that you can take in just a few minutes. This privacy quiz is a great way to continue increasing your awareness of privacy compliance, and it’s easy to share with your colleagues.
#3 Self-Assessment Tool
You can keep building on your privacy legislation awareness using OPC’s self-assessment tool. This tool is an efficient and effective means of promoting privacy principles.
The tool is built around a set of standards that medium to large businesses can use to monitor compliance using the 10 Fair Information Principles from Schedule 1 of the act The principles are: Accountability, Identifying Purpose, Consent, Limiting Collection, Limiting Use Disclosure and Retention, Accuracy, Safeguards, Openness, Individual Access, and Challenging Compliance.
Use the self-assessment tool and complete all the diagnostic checklists to get an idea of how your business or organization is doing on privacy compliance.
#4 Build a Privacy Plan for Your Business
Like many things in business, plans are important. Creating a plan to comply with privacy legislation can be time-consuming if you’re not sure how to do it. Once again, OPC has come to the rescue with an easy-to-use tool you can use to create an actionable privacy plan for your business or organization.
#5 Privacy Tips Poster
Who doesn’t appreciate a quick pro-tip? We know we do, and this list of 10 Privacy Tips for Businesses from OPC is a great visual way to communicate privacy tips. You can download this graphic resources and print it for use in your business or organization
Greentec is Here to Help
Privacy compliance, whether with PIPEDA or provincial legislation like PHIPA, is a journey involving continuous improvement, not a final destination you can set-and-forget. Greentec is here to support your privacy legislation compliance journey with expertise and solutions for IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) and Data Destruction.
Why not find out what we can do for you and your business or organization?