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RE: Re: Agenda: Global considerations F2F meeting 11-12 Berlin

From: Andrew Patrick <Andrew.Patrick@priv.gc.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:36:31 -0500
To: "'aleecia@aleecia.com'" <aleecia@aleecia.com>, "'chris.mejia@iab.net'" <chris.mejia@iab.net>, "'david@networkadvertising.org'" <david@networkadvertising.org>, "'rigo@w3.org'" <rigo@w3.org>, "'haakonfb@opera.com'" <haakonfb@opera.com>, "'public-tracking-international@w3.org'" <public-tracking-international@w3.org>, "'mike@iab.net'" <mike@iab.net>, "'mgroman@networkadvertising.org'" <mgroman@networkadvertising.org>
CC: Tara Whalen <Tara.Whalen@priv.gc.ca>
Message-ID: <68A163C8C36B4E44889BE42C91053C4E87320AB02E@EX-OPC-V4.ad.privcom.gc.ca>
The Canadian law that I referred to in Princeton is The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which is the national privacy law for the private sector. See  http://www.priv.gc.ca/leg_c/leg_c_p_e.asp

Since the Princeton meeting, we have issued specific guidance on how PIPEDA will be interpreted for Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA). See the Guidance at http://www.priv.gc.ca/information/guide/2011/gl_ba_1112_e.asp and a background document and policy position at http://www.priv.gc.ca/information/guide/2012/bg_ba_1206_e.asp .

The guidelines describe how opt-out consent for OBA will be considered reasonable if certain conditions are met, including adequate notice, transparency, notification at or before the time of collection, easy opt-out methods that are persistent, restrictions on sensitive information such as medical or health, and avoiding the tracking or targeting of children. See the above-mentioned documents for details.

We have also conducted an enforcement action against an online social network in Canada (Nexopia) that was engaged in OBA without meeting the conditions listed above. A description of that case can be found at http://www.priv.gc.ca/cf-dc/2012/2012_001_0229_e.asp

Other compliance measures and enforcement actions are underway.

Regarding participation from Canada, we do follow developments as much as possible, and Tara Whalen from my office co-chairs the W3C Privacy Interest Group (PING).

Andrew Patrick, Ph.D.
Information Technology Research Analyst
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
E-mail: Andrew.Patrick@priv.gc.ca<mailto:Andrew.Patrick@priv.gc.ca>
Phone: (613) 996-6791
Mobile: (613) 219-3945

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