Privacy Officer Education
If your business involves the collection, use, and disclosure of your clients' personal information, a privacy officer is necessary in order to meet legislated requirements.
So, what does a Privacy Officer do?
- Identifies privacy compliance issues for the business.
- Ensures privacy and security policies and procedures are developed and maintained.
- Ensures employees and contractors are aware of their responsibilities and duties.
- Provides advice and interpretation of related legislation for the business.
- Responds to requests for access and corrections to personal information.
- Ensures the security and protection of personal information in the custody or control of the business.
- Represents the business in dealings with third parties and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
It's a challenging, yet rewarding, role. And there are many ways that a privacy officer can learn the skills necessary for the job:
- Read current information and discuss the role with privacy officers in other organizations
- The Privacy and Access Council of Canada provides links, resources, and certification programs.
- The University of Alberta offers “Information Access and Protection of Privacy” distance education program.
- Information Managers offers a monthly newsletter and regular articles, as well as regular webinars.
Document Management Tip: Sample Job Description for Privacy Officer
See The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta for many other resources.
- Do you know who the Privacy Officer is in your business?
- Does the reception staff know who the privacy officer is and how to refer questions from the public about privacy?
- Is there a job description for the privacy officer?
- If you have a question or concern about how your personal information is handled in a store, business, or government office, be sure to contact the organization's privacy officer.
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