On May 4, 2012, Marty Abrams, President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP (“the Centre”), interviewed British Columbia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham during the Centre’s First Friday call. Commissioner Denham discussed the April 2012 release of “Getting Accountability Right with a Privacy Management Program,” new guidance issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Alberta and British Columbia. The guidance addresses the Commissioners’ expectations for accountable privacy programs as required by Canadian law. Commissioner Denham described the guidance as “a tool to help organizations comply with the law,” providing “a roadmap to sound data governance,” with clear, practical terms for organizations to achieve accountability.

The guidance details the building blocks of a comprehensive privacy program and the need for organizations to perform ongoing assessments and revisions. Commissioner Denham also discussed how the guidance would be beneficial to businesses in the financial and insurance sectors, and a “wake-up call” to public sector entities reviewing their compliance programs.

Listen to the full audio recording of the interview with Commissioner Denham.