What does PIPEDA mean?

PIPEDA stands for the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, a Canada data privacy law that that regulates how companies in the private sector use, store, and disclose Canadians’ personally-identifiable information when used for commercial purposes. In some instances, the law also regulates how companies are supposed to store the personally-identifiable information of employees.

How is PIPEDA compliance determined?

Organizations are required to adhere to a set of guidelines that require them to obtain permission from customers and employees on how they use, disclose and collect their personal information. PIPEDA also requires companies to use security safeguards that fully take into consideration the sensitivity of the data being collected. You can view a summary of PIPEDA here, along with detailed guidelines that private-sector companies must follow.

How does PIPEDA data center and cloud hosting work?

Abacus Private Cloud accounts can be easily configured to meet PIPEDA’s data privacy standards due to the flexibility and customizability that comes with virtual cloud hosting. Your account data will also be protected from potential hackers with additional security features such as 256-bit AES encryption; five layers of data, physical and network security; and two-factor authentication.

How can I audit and maintain compliance with PIPEDA?

Our PIPEDA cloud hosting specialists regularly audit all Abacus Private Cloud accounts using industry-grade auditing procedures, and also regularly check all Private Cloud accounts for software updates, security patches and more. If your organization needs to prepare for any PIPEDA-specific testing, our hosting specialists can work with you to customize your hosting environment to meet PIPEDA’s specific privacy requirements.

What other compliance standards are similar to PIPEDA?

Some Canadian provinces and have adopted substantially similar legislation that will take precedence over PIPEDA for intra-provincial transactions only. Canadian banking, credit union, and other sector-specific privacy laws could also apply. PIPEDA, however, will still cover interprovincial and international data transfers.

Are there Abacus clients that are PIPEDA compliant today?

Absolutely! With Abacus Private Cloud, you can rely on our robust security standards and certifications, such as ISO 27001, PCI DSS Level 1, SOC 1,2, and 3. And all those with Abacus Private Cloud can protect their data with multiple layers of digital security, including encryption (at rest and in transit), strong passwords, and multi-factor authentication. Contact our PIPEDA virtual hosting specialists to see how Abacus Private Cloud can help your organization meet PIPEDA’s data security requirements.