Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Protecting and promoting privacy rights

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides advice and information for individuals about protecting personal information. We also enforce two federal privacy laws that set out the rules for how federal government institutions and certain businesses must handle personal information.

Learn more about our Office and the strategic privacy priorities guiding our work.

Frequently asked about topics

Social insurance numbers

Find advice for individuals and guidance for organizations about the use and protection of SINs.

Identity theft

Information and advice to help individuals guard against identity theft and report if it occurs.

Online privacy

Access information on issues related to privacy on the Internet, including cloud computing, social networking and spam.

Accessing your personal information

Learn how to access your personal information held by either businesses or the federal government.

How to raise a privacy concern with an organization

Helpful tips for challenging an organization about how it is handling your personal information.

Overview of privacy legislation in Canada

Read a basic explanation of privacy laws in Canada, who oversees them and the issues to which they apply.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

Find information about Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law.

The Privacy Act

Find information about the privacy law that applies to Canada’s federal government departments and agencies.


Learn about the OPC’s investigations into privacy complaints.


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