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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

Innocent targets of whistleblower law should learn of vindication

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Personal data of 191 EI claimants disclosed

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Saskatchewan Penitentiary suffers data breaches

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Hacker targets online complaints to Canada Post ombudsman

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Mechanical malfunction, compounded by human error, leads to data spill

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Malfunction in Veterans Affairs computer leads to unauthorized data disclosure

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Border authority absolved of improperly gathering personal data from blog

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2009-2010

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Personal data vanishes with government briefcases

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Investigation finds that RCMP handled polling appropriately

Investigation finds that RCMP handled polling appropriately

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Personal information leaked from DFAIT database

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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