While privacy policies are not new, they have been widely talked about with the quickly evolving privacy laws which have made waves in the last few years. Many of these new laws come with hefty fines for non-compliance. This is why it's important for businesses that transact with residents or citizens of these places to comply with country-specific data regulations.
While the US does not have a general, nation-wide privacy law, some states have individual privacy laws that govern the data of their residents. California, for example, has been leading the charge on data privacy regulation in the United States.
Their current privacy law, California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), protects the data of California users on websites or online services. The California Consumer Protection Act, on the other hand, protects the personal data of California users from big business. The CCPA will be stricter on businesses than CalOPPA, and businesses that bring in large revenue or make money selling information will need to comply.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is the federal privacy law for private-sector organizations in Canada. PIPEDA originally went into law on April 13, 2000 and targeted e-commerce, but has since expanded to include other industries. Any private enterprise in Canada that collects personal information during the course of business activity is subject to PIPEDA.
Similar to GDPR, individuals under PIPEDA have the right to access their personal information and to challenge its accuracy. One important aspect of PIPEDA is that it's designed to keep Canada's privacy requirements consistent with the country's trading partners, specifically the European Union.
Answers to frequently asked questions about privacy policies.
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