Federal Data Breach Reporting Rules
Have you ever lost a mobile phone? had a laptop stolen? misplaced a USB drive?
If so, under (Canadian) Federal rules that took effect in 2018, you may be required to report these kinds of incidents to the Federal Privacy Commissioner in Ottawa.
Reporting is mandatory if the data breach “creates a real risk of significant harm to an individual”. The degree of risk depends on several factors, such as:
- the potential for physical or financial harm, humiliation, or identity theft,
- the sensitivity of the lost information, and
- the possibility that it is being or will be misused.
These rules currently apply only to businesses that are Federally regulated, or organizations that share or move personal information across borders. In other words, not to BC businesses who only collect and use personal information in BC.
BC businesses must comply with BC’s Personal Information Protection Act. This BC legislation does not currently require mandatory reporting, similar to the Federal rules. However, complying with the Federal rules is still considered best practice in the privacy realm, and it may well become the law in BC in the future.
I just wanted to extend my thanks for your absolutely first class service. When we were purchasing our home, as you know, we had many obstacles to overcome and actually thought in the last two days that our deal might not go through. It was a very stressful time in our lives and I want you to know that we’ll always appreciate your calm, caring, professional manner and how you made us feel at ease and that it would all work out because we had you representing us.
You and the rest of your team are awesome, and this is why I will continue to refer you to anyone I know who needs legal representation. As a realtor being able to refer my clients to someone who I know without a doubt will provide them with the best legal advice and service adds to my confidence in terms of the overall service I am providing.
You have, in essence become a key element of my business team and I look forward to building on what is already a successful business relationship.”
Lianne, thank you so much for your excellent work on our conveyance. Your extra work helped save us thousands of dollars.
Dear Mr. Elgersma, I want to thank you and your team for all your help during my recent sale in Victoria. My lawyer here in Ontario was very impressed by your fee and said it was a very good deal in his experience. Thank you very much.
I recently had the experience of selling my condo. As I am not in the habit of frequently buying and selling my home I find the whole process a bit unnerving. To add to my unfamiliarity with home transactions, I was due to be out of the country on the completion date of my sale. Needless to say this was somewhat worrisome to me.
I hired Del to handle the legal transaction of my sale. What a great decision this turned out to be. Del and I got together a week prior to my trip and completed the necessary paperwork. There are a lot of papers to sign when selling a home and Del took the time to explain each document to me and answered all the questions I had. He then assured me that he had everything he needed in order to handle the transaction in my absence.
Del had explained everything so clearly to me and made me feel so at ease about the process that I felt completely comfortable leaving my legal interests in his hands while I was off vacationing. This made quite an impression on me as I have never felt comfortable leaving my fate in the hands of others, especially the likes of lawyers!
Previously I would have worried about everything going smoothly on the actual day of my home sale but to my delight and surprise on the completion date of this sale I laid in my hammock and drank champagne in the sunshine celebrating with complete confidence that the transaction would be handled just fine. I returned home only to have my suspicions confirmed . . .yes, in my absence, money had been quietly deposited to my account!
Thank you Del for allowing me to let go of the stress and worry around this large, important and infrequent type of event in my life.
Over the past year Lianne Macdonald has provided excellent legal advice to my real estate clients. I am always impressed with the quality of her services, as well as the care shown by Lianne and her staff. Lianne is always available if I have any questions or concerns. Her sound advice and legal counsel has greatly helped me in difficult and unusual situations. Lianne Macdonald is a proactive lawyer, an honest and caring person and a trusted friend. Without hesitation, I would recommend Lianne’s services to others, and will continue to use her service where they pertain.