Stringent Canadian Privacy Law to Take Effect January 1, 2004

United States companies that conduct business in Canada, as well as most other organizations that collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of a commercial activity within Canada, may be subject to a new law providing expansive privacy protections for Canadian citizens. Effective January 1, 2004, such companies will have to comply with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. The Canadian Privacy Law deserves particular attention because it entails more extensive privacy requirements than are generally applicable under United States law.

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