Investigations into businesses
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 Case Summary: Use of personal information collected by Global Positioning System considered
PIPEDA Case Summary: Owner allowed to disclose tenants’ rent information
PIPEDA Case Summary: Credit bureau sets retention period for positive information
PIPEDA Case Summary: Movie theatre chain strengthens personal information handling practices
PIPEDA Case Summary: Stolen laptop engages bank's responsibility
PIPEDA Case Summary #2002-42: Air Canada allows 1% of Aeroplan membership to "opt out" of information sharing practices
PIPEDA Case Summary: The privacy implications of pay per view and piracy prevention measures
PIPEDA Case Summary: Bank discloses customer's personal information to employer
PIPEDA Case Summary: Video cameras and swipe cards in the workplace
PIPEDA Case Summary: Individual accuses employer of disclosing personal information to co-workers
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