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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

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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TV show raises numerous questions of consent

Commissioner's Findings 2015-2016 under the Privacy Act

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Canada Post collection of online signatures for mail tracking draws complaint

Commissioner's Findings 2015-2016 under the Privacy Act

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Sharing of health information unjustified

Commissioner's Findings 2014-2015 under the Privacy Act

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Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Commissioner's Findings 2014-2015 under the Privacy Act

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