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Prince Edward Island


Law: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSPEI 1988 c F-15.01 ('the Act'). Please note that the Act applies to public bodies only. Private organisations are regulated at the federal level by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act 2000 ('PIPEDA').

Regulator: Information and Privacy Commissioner of Prince Edward Island ('IPC')

Summary: Although Prince Edward Island lacks a comprehensive data protection law, it has followed most other provinces and territories in Canada in enacting health privacy legislation, namely the Health Information Act, RSPEI 1988 c H-1.41  ('the HIA'). In particular, the HIA establishes a right of access for individuals to their personal health information ('PHI'), the right to request a correction to their PHI, and establishes the authority of the IPC to oversee compliance. Unlike most provinces in Canada, the IPC is not limited in their term and can serve continuously; however, the current IPC, Karen Rose, announced in January 2020 that she would be resigning after nine years in office.