The British Columbia government enacted the Personal Information Protection Act which came into force on January 1, 2004. If you have been following developments in this area, you know that Part 1 of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada) ("PIPEDA") has been in force since January 1, 2001, and on January 1, 2004 came fully into force. Until the BC Act is declared to be "substantially similar" by the Governor in Council, PIPEDA applies to every organization engaged in "commercial activities" in British Columbia, including those that are not considered to be a "federal work, undertaking or business." The following is an outline of the salient points on which BC Act does something new or different from PIPEDA.

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