Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Nov. 12, 2021

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Have you noticed, as privacy pros, that our issues continue to be an important aspect of dealing with the ongoing pandemic?

At my firm, we’ve been working a lot lately on helping clients in various sectors deal with the privacy issues related to rules that ensure the people who enter their premises are, with certain exceptions, vaccinated against COVID-19. 

For example, the Treasury Board issued a policy requiring government institutions to ensure the federal public service is fully vaccinated. Those unable to be vaccinated will be accommodated; those unwilling will face consequences. This necessarily involves collecting proof of vaccination and, in some cases, some other sensitive personal information. This has never been required before, so we are breaking new ground with these initiatives.

This past week, we did some urgent work on a privacy impact assessment for one of our clients abiding by the Treasury Board policy. I think doing a PIA was a really good thing in this instance because it allowed us

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