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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.

Disclaimer: Typographical errors have been corrected from the original version of the report of findings. They are indicated in [brackets].

PIPEDA Case Summary #2003-167

Subscriber objects to magazine's rental of his name and address to marketers

PIPEDA Case Summary: Subscriber objects to magazine's rental of his name and address to marketers

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2003-146

Company uses SIN for identification purposes

PIPEDA Case Summary: Company uses SIN for identification purposes

Date of findings:
PIPEDA Case Summary #2003-139

Individual claims that bank collected unnecessary information and retained it for too long

PIPEDA Case Summary: Individual claims that bank collected unnecessary information and retained it for too long

Date of findings:
PIPEDA Case Summary #2003-129

Bank released personal information of third parties without their knowledge and consent

PIPEDA Case Summary: Bank released personal information of third parties without their knowledge and consent

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2003-116

Customer opts-out of receiving promotional material but bank continues to send it

PIPEDA Case Summary: Customer opts-out of receiving promotional material but bank continues to send it

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2003-121

Bank employee uses customer's information to commit fraud

PIPEDA Case Summary: Bank employee uses customer's information to commit fraud

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2002-105

Customer objects to bank using Social Insurance Number to activate credit cards

PIPEDA Case Summary: Customer objects to bank using Social Insurance Number to activate credit cards

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2002-96

Bank improperly disclosed personal information; exception under section 7(3)(c) rejected

PIPEDA Case Summary : Bank improperly disclosed personal information; exception under section 7(3)(c) rejected

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2002-93

Individual complains that bank used personal information for purpose other than that for which it was collected

PIPEDA Case Summary: Individual complains that bank used personal information for purpose other than that for which it was collected

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PIPEDA Case Summary #2002-69

Employee objects to company's use of social insurance numbers on forms

PIPEDA Case Summary: Employee objects to company's use of social insurance numbers on forms

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