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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
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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Passport Canada apologizes for unacceptable error

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Inmate report discovered in prison gym garbage can

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Canada Revenue Agency employee misuses information

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Identity of information requester revealed

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Monitoring of employee’s e-mails was appropriate

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Reporter identified in response to access request

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Improper disclosure of information to prospective employer

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2007-2008

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Offenders’ personal information discovered in recycling area

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2006-2007

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Correctional officer breaches privacy to prove a point

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2006-2007

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