Privacy Impact Assessment

Privacy Impact Assessment Consultant Services

Privacy Impact Assessment Consultant Services, Canada

Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) consultant services in Canada provide specialized expertise and guidance to organizations, businesses, and government agencies operating within the country to ensure compliance with Canadian privacy laws, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIA consultants in Canada help assess and manage the privacy risks associated with data processing activities while ensuring the protection of individuals’ personal information. Here are the key areas of expertise and services that Privacy Impact Assessment consultants in Canada typically offer:

Privacy Law Compliance: Assist organizations in understanding and complying with Canadian privacy laws, including PIPEDA, and provincial privacy laws where applicable.

PIA Development: Collaborate with organizations to create tailored PIA frameworks, templates, and methodologies that align with Canadian privacy regulations and the specific data processing activities conducted within Canada.

Data Mapping and Inventory: Help organizations identify, classify, and document the types of personal information they collect, process, and store, ensuring compliance with the data minimization principle.

Privacy Risk Assessment: Conduct a thorough assessment of an organization’s data processing activities to identify potential privacy risks, data breaches, and non-compliance with Canadian privacy laws.

Impact Analysis: Analyze the potential impact of privacy risks on individuals and organizations, taking into consideration factors such as the sensitivity of the data, the volume of data processed, and potential harm to data subjects.

Mitigation Strategies: Develop strategies and recommendations to mitigate identified privacy risks, which may include changes to data processing practices, security measures, and privacy policies, specifically addressing Canadian legal requirements.

Data Minimization: Advise on data minimization techniques to ensure that organizations only collect and process personal information that is necessary to achieve their business objectives, consistent with the principles of PIPEDA.

Consent Mechanisms: Evaluate and recommend mechanisms for obtaining and managing consent from individuals for the processing of their personal information, in compliance with PIPEDA’s consent requirements.

Policy and Procedure Development: Assist in the development of privacy policies, procedures, and documentation to ensure compliance with Canadian privacy laws and regulations.

Employee Training: Provide training to employees and staff on privacy best practices, data protection, and compliance with Canadian data privacy laws.

Vendor and Third-Party Assessment: Assess the privacy practices of vendors, third-party service providers, and data processors that handle personal data for organizations operating in Canada.

Security Assessments: Collaborate with organizations to evaluate security measures in place to protect personal data, ensuring they meet Canadian privacy and security requirements, including encryption, access controls, and data breach response plans.

Data Retention Policies: Assist in the development of data retention and destruction policies to ensure that personal data is only stored for as long as necessary and is securely disposed of when no longer needed, consistent with PIPEDA.

Incident Response Planning: Help organizations develop incident response plans to address data breaches and privacy incidents in compliance with Canadian privacy laws.

Audit and Monitoring: Establish monitoring and audit mechanisms to ensure ongoing compliance with Canadian privacy regulations and the effectiveness of privacy risk mitigation strategies.

Documentation and Reporting: Prepare comprehensive PIA reports that document the assessment process, findings, and recommended actions for compliance and risk management, specifically tailored to Canadian privacy requirements.

Privacy Impact Assessment Consultant Services in Canada are essential for organizations seeking to protect individuals’ privacy, maintain data security, and comply with Canadian privacy laws. Consultants bring expertise in Canadian privacy legislation, data security, and risk management to help organizations meet their privacy obligations while conducting business in the country.

Service coverage

The variety, breadth, and depth of the projects where Arcus can be a resource are made unique by each client’s specific needs. By providing a very small sample of projects we’ve completed, we can help you understand how and when to use our services. Visit the links below to find out more about a specific problem or opportunity you would like to address.

Below is a sample of the range of services that Arcus has provided to clients.

  • A survey of 2,350 consumers and 1,320 business leaders for feedback on sustainability trends
  • Architecting a multi-year change strategy for a Fortune 500 company
  • Mentoring a CEO on organizational change
  • Excellence transformation of a leading B2B services company
  • Creating a new sales deployment model for a healthcare company
  • Developing a position evaluation and compensation model for a professional medical association   
  • Improving services to customer segments by deepening their understanding of customer attitudes

“Arcus manages to consistently deliver tangible results on market research and strategy projects. They combine deep business expertise, powerful research capabilities, and innovative thinking to deliver substantial value.”

– Vice President, Nikon