Canada Joins Asia-Pacific Privacy Regime

    May 11, 2016

    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) electronic commerce steering group on April 15 announced that Canada will join the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System, which requires Canadian entities doing business in APEC member economies to comply with minimum requirements regarding cross-border data privacy procedures. The requirements are outlined in the APEC Privacy Framework, published in December 2005, which seeks to provide clear guidance and direction to businesses on common privacy issues and their impact on the conduct of legitimate business.

    APEC is a 21-country regional economic forum that seeks to promote economic integration and prosperity for the Asia-Pacific region. A joint oversight panel of the APEC CBPR system submitted a report in April 2015 confirming that Canada met the conditions for participating in the system. That report noted that Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act contains provisions relevant to the enforceability of each of the 50 CBPR program requirements.

    The United States, Mexico, and Japan have also been certified to participate in the system, and other APEC countries are evaluating their ability to meet the compliance and enforcement requirements of the system. 

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