Privacy fundamental to payroll’s success, reputation

Know legislative requirements for compliance
By John Wunderlich
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2011

The first lesson of privacy is that confidentiality and privacy, while similar, are not the same thing. When two payroll practitioners privately compare notes about employees’ pay rates, benefits deductions or vacation accruals, they may well not be breaking their company’s confidentiality or security rules.

After all, both are authorized to access that data and confidentiality is about organizational responsibility for data. However, if that conversation is outside the context of actually processing payroll or doing a job-related task, their chat almost certainly has violated privacy.

Privacy is about respect for individuals and information about them. It is critical for an understanding of privacy to comprehend its distinction from confidentiality.