What Compliance MeansOne significant question determines whether a list is privacy compliant:
Did the people on the list have the chance to opt out? In other words,
did they approve having their names and addresses transferred for the purpose of receiving any kind of third-party solicitation?
When the answer to that question is "yes," a list is acknowledged as being privacy compliant.
Following the LawIn Canada, privacy legislation may apply at both the federal and provincial levels.
At the federal level, there are two central privacy laws: the Privacy Act (which regulates personal information in the public sector) and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) which covers personal information in the private sector.
Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia have enacted their own private-sector privacy legislation. In fact, the trend seems to be toward more provinces adopting similar laws.
PIPEDA and the substantially similar provincial privacy laws apply to consumer information. Business-to-business information is, for the most part, exempt from these laws because business contact information is accepted as being in the public domain.
You may visit the website of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to review the federal laws. To review the provincial laws that may apply to your direct mailing, visit the websites of the individual provincial governments.
You may also start by searching our mailing list datacards.
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