New ONLINE Training Available

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It has been a while since the last BLOG post and that is because the Rustruct Consulting team have been working hard to put out a new ONLINE Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) training opportunity! We are pleased to announce that it is now complete and ready for enrolment!

This course is a self-managed awareness training opportunity. It is intended to provide organizations and individuals a basic overview of the concepts of information access and privacy in relation in Alberta’s privacy legislation. A certificate of completion will be produced upon completion of all lessons and a passing grade on the final quiz.

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) is Alberta’s private sector privacy law.

Applying to provincially regulated private sector organizations, businesses and, in some instances, to non-profit organizations for the protection of personal information and to provide an individual their right to access personal information under the control of the organization.

For public bodies, such as government departments and municipalities, please see the Freedom of Information and Protection (FOIP) of Privacy Training Course in the course option menu.

This course will equip you with an understanding of the the following:

  • The Role of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC).
  • Overview of PIPA (and its regulations) and who is applies to.
  • Why (protecting) Privacy is important.
  • Why (right to) Access is important.
  • Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting and How to do it!
  • What Albertans/Canadians think about Privacy.
  • How PIPA relates to Collecting Personal Information.
  • How PIPA relates to Using Personal Information.
  • How PIPA related to Disclosing Personal Information.
  • Employees (records) and PIPA.
  • Quick Overview of FOIP (As it relates to PIPA)

Course Information

Estimated Time: 3 Hours

Difficulty: Beginner




Course Instructor

Shannyn Rus
Shannyn Rus, Author


Shannyn’s strong academic background and passion for strategic information management systems make her a highly capable advisor for those seeking to integrate legislation compliance with real-world experience and management. Shannyn is a skilled advocate and educator of Canada’s Access and Privacy Legislation. In addition to her Human Services degree, Professional Investigators and IAPP Certificates, she is certified with the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals at Certified (CIAPP-C) Status. Shannyn is a frequent conference speaker and leads thought-provoking training sessions for public, health, and private sectors in communities across Alberta.

Course Enrollment


Course Contents


Course Attachments

Overview of PIPA and who it applies to

Legislation History
PIPA Regulation
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The Role of the OIPC

PIPA and PIAs (Privacy Impact Assessments)
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Practical Resources
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Why Privacy is Important

Protecting and Collecting Personal Information
Protecting Employee Information

Why Access is Important

Disclosing Personal Information
Using Personal Information

Privacy Breach Reporting

Best ways for an Organization to Prevent a Breach
Mandatory Breach Reporting
Privacy Breach 5 Step Action Response Plan
Risk Mitigation
Damages Claims under PIPA

What Albertans/Canadians think about Privacy

Why Privacy Policy is good for business
Digital Citizenship

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Introduction to CASL

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act: Quick Overview

Comparing the Acts


Course Quiz

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