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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

Health Canada erred in withholding personal information

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Psychiatric nurse forgets ex-inmate’s treatment file on bus

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Custodian of Social Insurance Numbers loses list of them

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Minister’s suspicions about Wheat Board leaks unfounded

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Prison to put sensitive mail in envelopes after document intercepted

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Errant report sparks procedural changes at prison

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

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

Internet posting highlights inappropriate access to tax records by CRA workers

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Toronto Port Authority worker misuses personal data for political fundraiser

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

RCMP and private polling firm safeguarded data on gun licensees

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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