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Industry Association Pens Privacy Code

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) released a comprehensive Privacy Code as part of a series of measures to foster self-regulation across the online industry.

The document was posted on the CAIP Web site for public comment.

According to CAIP, it establishes a set of guidelines for Internet providers outlining methods members can use to protect the privacy rights of their customers, while ensuring cooperation in legal processes.

Key issues addressed include accountability, consent, disclosure and collection of personal information, in compliance with the Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information.

The code was developed by a working group of CAIP members chaired by Julie Garcia, legal counsel at AOL Canada. The CAIP Board said it is encouraging feedback and adoption of the Code from all Canadian online providers that store private customer information on servers.

The announcement comes at a significant time, since a federal privacy bill for the private sector is expected to be tabled in Parliament during the current session.

Established in 1996, CAIP is the key support organization for the country's Internet service providers. The Association's member roster includes more than 120 companies, with total subscription base of approximately two million users in Canada.