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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

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

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

Thieves target important papers mailed by Canadians

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Prisoner finds sensitive papers in garbage

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Mail discarded after container mistaken for garbage bin

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Sensitive letter leaked to media not treated as confidential

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

CIC challenged over indirect information-gathering procedures

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

VIA updates procedures after passenger finds manifest in recycling bin

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Theft of laptops exposes personal information

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2008-2009

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