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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) conducts independent and impartial investigations into the personal information handling practices of businesses subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

The OPC publishes a selection of case summaries and findings from its investigations to provide concrete examples of how PIPEDA applies to the day-to-day management of personal information by businesses.

For each case, the Office indicates the outcome using a set of defined terms for findings and dispositions.

For more information about the complaint and investigation process, read How the OPC Enforces PIPEDA.

Note: Complainants are not named in the summaries or reports. The organizations are not identified unless the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has deemed it to be in the public interest to do so.

PIPEDA Report of Findings #2014-015

After a significant Adobe data breach, customer questions company's security safeguards and the response it provided about impacts on his personal information

PIPEDA Report of Findings: After significant Adobe data breach, customer questions company's security safeguards and the response it provided about impacts on his personal information

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PIPEDA Report of Findings #2015-002

Website that generates revenue by republishing Canadian court decisions and allowing them to be indexed by search engines contravened PIPEDA

PIPEDA Report of Findings: Website that generates revenue by republishing Canadian court decisions and allowing them to be indexed by search engines contravened PIPEDA

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2014-014
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PIPEDA Report of Findings #2014-013

Organization could reasonably assume customer's implied consent for disclosure in dispute resolution situation

PIPEDA Report of Findings: Organization could reasonably assume customer's implied consent for disclosure in dispute resolution situation

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PIPEDA Report of Findings #2015-001

Results of Commissioner Initiated Investigation into Bell’s Relevant Ads Program

PIPEDA Report of Findings: Results of Commissioner Initiated Investigation into Bell’s Relevant Ads Program

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PIPEDA Report of Findings #2014-012

Investment Firm Justified in its Collection of "Know Your Client" Information

PIPEDA Report of Findings: Investment Firm Justified in its Collection of "Know Your Client" Information

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PIPEDA Report of Findings #2014-011

Investigation into the personal information handling practices of Ganz Inc

Investigation into the personal information handling practices of Ganz Inc

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Declined to Investigate Case Summary #2013-001
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Incident Summary #4
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