Mandatory Data Breach Reporting Requirements take effect on November 1st – Is your Organization Ready?

On November 1, 2018, new mandatory notice requirements and new record-keeping requirements will come into force for organizations regulated by the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Under the new requirements, if an organization experiences a breach of security safeguards involving personal information under its control and if it is reasonable to believe that the breach poses a “real risk of significant harm”, that organization is required to (1) report the breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, (2) notify the affected individuals; and (3) in certain circumstances, notify other organizations.



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Allen McDonald Swartz LLP provides strategic counsel, sophisticated business law advice and exceptional client service to Canadian and international clients. The firm’s lawyers — Jennifer Allen, Henry Bertossi, Brad Elberg, Fraser McDonald, Eden Oliver and Jillian Swartz — are all Bay Street veterans and provide their clients with experience and expertise that match BigLaw. Their clients include entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, family-owned businesses, private and public companies, multi-national enterprises, law firms, independent committees, charities and not-for-profit organizations. The lawyers at AMS advise clients on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, privacy and anti-spam, financings, securities compliance and regulatory work, capital markets transactions, governance and business-critical commercial arrangements. The firm’s lawyers have experience across a diverse range of industries, including agribusiness, alternative energy, automotive, consumer products, event planning & hospitality, manufacturing, professional services (including dental, medical, and veterinary), media, sports & entertainment, technology, mining & natural resources and private equity.