Investigations into federal institutions

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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

Harassment and vandalism complaints justify surveillance

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2006-2007

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Video surveillance cameras at Nanaimo Harbour Front scaled back

Summaries from our Annual Report to Parliament 2003-2004

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Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Letter of Finding on video surveillance - Privacy Act

Privacy Commissioner's finding on video surveillance by RCMP in Kelowna

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