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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.

Early resolved case summary #2017-003

Bank agrees to cease performing credit checks on individuals who are no longer clients

Early resolved case summary: Bank agrees to cease performing credit checks on individuals who are no longer clients

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Early resolution case summary #2016-03

First Nation develops a privacy policy following allegations of lost doctor’s notes

Early resolved case summary: Organization’s technical glitch results in the disclosure of a client’s personal information to another client

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Early resolved case summary #2015-07

Employee training a key factor in effectively satisfying customers’ requests about an organization’s personal information handling practices

Early resolved case summary: Employee training a key factor in effectively satisfying customers’ requests about an organization’s personal information handling practices

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Early resolved case summary #2015-06

Manager snoops on employee’s personal bank account after employee calls in sick

Early resolved case summary #2015-06: Manager snoops on employee’s personal bank account after employee calls in sick

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Early resolved case summary #2017-002

Access to personal information held by insurance company facilitated through the early resolution process

Early resolved case summary: Access to personal information held by insurance company facilitated through the early resolution process

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Early resolved case summary #2016-02

Organization’s technical glitch results in the disclosure of a client’s personal information to another client

Early resolved case summary #2016-02: Organization’s technical glitch results in the disclosure of a client’s personal information to another client

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Early resolved case summary #2017-001

Privacy obligations under PIPEDA apply to financial technology sector

Early resolved case summary #2017-01: Privacy obligations under PIPEDA apply to financial technology sector

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Early resolved case summary #2016-01

Access to personal information request revised to accommodate both requestor and organization

Early resolved case summary #2016-01: Access to personal information request revised to accommodate both requestor and organization

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Early resolved case summary #2015-05

Anti-virus service provider steps up safeguards after customer personal information fraudulently used by someone posing as an employee

Early resolved case summary #2015-05: Anti-virus service provider steps up safeguards after customer personal information fraudulently used by someone posing as employee

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Early resolved case summary #2015-03

Office building tenant reconsiders placement of video surveillance cameras

Early resolved case summary #2015-03: Office building tenant reconsiders placement of video surveillance cameras

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