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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

Lost USB key from Employment and Social Development Canada reinforces lessons learned

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2013-2014

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Wanted by the CBSA Program

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2013-2014

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Woman fails in attempt to return personal information to Canada Revenue Agency

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2013-2014

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

RCMP retention period for disciplinary records questioned

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2013-2014

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Public Service school called upon to better protect confidentiality

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2013-2014

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act
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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act
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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Criminal background check on tenant

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2012-2013

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Estranged wife accessed husband’s medical records

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2012-2013

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Canada Revenue Agency employee accesses tax file without authorization

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2012-2013

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