About the Personal Information Protection Act


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

PIPA applies to provincial private sector organizations, businesses and, in some instances, to non-profit organizations for the protection of personal information and to provide a right of access to an individual’s own personal information.

Organizations that are subject to PIPA must develop and follow policies that are reasonable to meet its obligations under the Act.

When PIPA refers to any thing or any matter as 'reasonable,' it is that which a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances.

For public bodies, such as government departments and municipalities, please see the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act website.





All persons reviewing Service Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act site are reminded that it has no legislative sanction, and has been provided for guidance and convenience of reference only. The official Statutes and Regulations should be consulted for all purposes of interpreting and applying the law.

Contact this service

Contact the FOIP-PIPA HelpDesk:


310-0000 (toll-free in Alberta) then,

Email: sa.accessandprivacy@gov.ab.ca


Related services

PIPA Overview

Collecting Information

Using Information

Disclosing Information

Protecting Personal Information

Employee Information

Legislative History

Personal Information Protection Act (Queen's Printer)

Personal Information Protection Act Regulation (Queen's Printer)