Privacy Impact Assessment

A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is a process that helps government departments and agencies determine whether new technologies, information systems and initiatives or proposed programs and policies are compliant with privacy legislation and meet basic privacy requirements.

A key goal of the PIA is to effectively manage privacy risks. The PIA is intended to contribute to senior management's ability to make fully informed policy, system design and procurement decisions.

The Information and Privacy Policy Secretariat has developed a process for supporting departments and agencies of the Manitoba Government through a PIA. Please contact Barb Devlin, Senior Policy Analyst to discuss whether completing a PIA would be of benefit for your area.

Common reasons to complete a Privacy Impact Assessment include:

  • designing a new program or service.
  • making significant changes to a program or service such as converting from a conventional service delivery mode to electronic service delivery mode.
  • changing the way you collect, use or disclose personal information.
  • anticipating that the public may have privacy concerns regarding a new or modified program or service
  • introducing changes to the business systems or infrastructure architecture that affect the physical or logical separation of personal information or the security mechanisms used to manage and control access to personal information.