Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), Canada's leading national technology industry group, announced a new privacy initiative under which Gowlings will supply CATA members with a compliance guide for the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Effective January 1, 2004, every Canadian business will have to comply with the federal privacy laws or similar provincial rules in provinces, some of which are expected to bring in their own legislation. Organizations will be required to protect the personal information of their customers, employees, members and others who have provided data. This includes putting into place policies and systems to manage the collection, use and dissemination of such personal information.

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