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An Introduction to Privacy
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Course Description

4.75 CE credits for General, Adjuster, Accident & Sickness, and Life licenses
approximately 4.75 hours, $99.00 (prices may change without notice: consult the VuBiz website)

Learn the current obligations of Canadian businesses in relation to collection, storage, and distribution of personal information and how to develop your business's privacy policy.

6 Required Modules

Privacy Concepts, Concerns, and Compliance
  • The meaning of privacy, personal information, security, and confidentiality
  • Global trends in privacy protection and privacy legislation
  • Key concerns about the misuse of personal information, the importance for organizations, and the role of organizations with respect to privacy
  • Key organizations involved in the development of regulatory frameworks and cases upheld by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
  • The purpose, scope, impact, and enforcement of PIPEDA privacy legislation
  • The requirements of PIPEDA privacy legislation and their impact on organizations
  • The legal implications of PIPEDA legislation in terms of scope, assessment of risk, privacy compliance programs, and management of risk
Ten Components of Privacy
  • The best practices from around the world in the Privacy Framework, developed jointly by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)
  • The ten privacy components and communications requirements contained in the AICPA/CICA Privacy Framework
  • Links between legal compliance and a practical, effective privacy framework in your organization
  • Procedures and controls necessary to create and to maintain an effective privacy program
Preview of the AICPA/CICA Framework
  • How to assess your organization’s performance concerning privacy protection
  • The relationship of AICPA/CICA's ten components to Canadian federal privacy legislation (PIPEDA) and international fair information practices
  • The relationship of the privacy principles in PIPEDA legislation to the privacy components in the Privacy Framework
  • Exceptions in PIPEDA legislation to the knowledge and consent requirement when obtaining personal information
  • Suitable criteria for assessing an organization's performance concerning privacy and practical, illustrative examples of acceptable practices associated with each component
Introducing a Privacy Program
Develop a PIPEDA-compliant strategy for implementing a privacy program based on the practices in the Privacy Framework.
  • The role and importance of a privacy officer
  • What is necessary to prepare privacy policies and procedures and to monitor the implementation
Five Immediate Steps
Create a five-step action plan for implementing a privacy program in your organization.
  • The four stages of maturity in a privacy program
  • Where your organization currently stands
  • A checklist of key steps to be taken within the four stages
  • The five most immediate steps to take in order to implement a program for your organization
Privacy Resources
This module is not required for course completion but provides useful links to the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, PIPEDA, and other sources of information on privacy.

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