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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

Copying Google Result is Collecting Personal Information

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Veterans Affairs Improperly Reveals Severity of Disability - Twice

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Drug Scan, Child Access Linked in Inappropriate Disclosure

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Inmate Medical Details Openly Displayed

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

A Year to Confirm Ex-Husband Got Former Wife's Tax Information

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Canada Revenue Agency gave personal information to a third party without consent

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Canada Post demands too much information for leave requests

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Driver’s licence suitable ID for postal box rental

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Letter carrier accuses boss of intercepting and reading a document

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Hiring program for ex-military staff makes proper use of information

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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