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.

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