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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) conducts investigations into the personal information handling practices of federal government institutions subject to the Privacy Act.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is subject to strict confidentiality obligations and can only make findings from investigations under the Privacy Act public in limited circumstances, such as through annual reports or special reports to Parliament.

On this page, you will find a selection of reports and summaries of investigations that have been made public. They demonstrate how the Act applies to the way the federal government collects, uses or discloses personal information.

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

Note: Complainants' names have been removed in the summaries and reports.

Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

The PBC refuses to process requests for record suspension information

Commissioner's Findings 2016-2017 under the Privacy Act

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Phoenix pay system compromised Public Servants’ privacy

Commissioner's Findings 2016-2017 under the Privacy Act

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MyDemocracy website not designed in a privacy sensitive way

Commissioner's Findings 2016-2017 under the Privacy Act

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Cell site simulators used by RCMP not capable of intercepting private communication

Commissioner's Findings 2016-2017 under the Privacy Act

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Mishandling employees’ personal information – Parole Board of Canada

Commissioner's Findings 2015-2016 under the Privacy Act

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Mishandling employees’ personal information – RCMP

Commissioner's Findings 2015-2016 under the Privacy Act

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