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Age assurance exploratory consultation – call for comments

On June 10, 2024, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) launched an exploratory consultation on privacy and age assurance.

The exploratory consultation document sets out our current understanding of, and preliminary positions on, the topic. Our goals are to prompt meaningful discussion and to increase our understanding of the benefits, concerns, and existing research in advance of drafting guidance on the design and use of age-assurance systems.

We hope to receive feedback from a broad range of interested parties in the privacy and age-assurance communities and beyond, including members of the public.

How to participate in the consultation

We invite interested individuals and organizations to provide feedback on the exploratory consultation on privacy and age assurance by email to Questions of particular interest to the OPC are set out at the end of the consultation document.

The consultation period is open from June 10, 2024, to September 10, 2024. Be sure to submit your feedback no later than 11:59 PST on September 10.

Any comments that violate Canadian law or violate our comment policy will not be considered within scope of this call for feedback and will either be deleted or dealt with in accordance with our legal authorities under the Privacy Act. Please note that the OPC is not providing funding for any feedback related to this call for comments.

For any questions relating to this consultation, including any requests for accommodation regarding submission procedures, please contact us at

Important information about your submission

The OPC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The Access to Information Act provides a public right of access to government records. The Privacy Act provides individuals with a right of access to their own personal information and protects that information from unauthorized disclosure.

Feedback that you provide to us in this consultation process may be accessible to third parties outside of the OPC under the Access to Information Act. However, this does not apply to any personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act) that may be associated with your submission.

Your feedback will not be posted on the OPC website but we may post summaries of feedback that we receive, and we may share summaries of feedback with external organizations. The summaries will not attribute views or feedback we received to any specific individual or organization.

Please see the OPC’s Privacy PolicyTerms and Conditions, and Comment Policy for how we handle your information. The personal information you provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the OPC, or for a use consistent with that purpose.

If you have a question unrelated to this call for feedback, please use our Online information request form or contact our Information Centre. Feedback will not be treated as a privacy complaint under the Privacy Act or PIPEDA. For further information on filing complaints under either Act, please see File a formal privacy complaint.

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