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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) generates privacy research in a few ways. It conducts in-house research, commissions expert research and provides funding for independent research projects. In addition, the OPC regularly conducts public opinion research with Canadians, Canadian businesses and other audiences to stay abreast of privacy awareness, understanding, attitudes and perceptions.

By funding privacy research that draws from, and includes, Canadian perspectives, we help generate information, insights, analysis, and in some instances, debate—all of which contribute to the protection and promotion of privacy.

Start here to explore the wealth of privacy research on the OPC web site.

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End the charade: Regulators must protect users’ privacy by default

Paper by Chris Soghoian: ‘End the charade: Regulators must protect users’ privacy by default’

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Sacrificing Privacy to Pursue Power: The impact of modern reputation management on the rule of law

Paper by Jessie Hirsh: ‘Sacrificing Privacy to Pursue Power: The impact of modern reputation management on the rule of law’

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Surveillance Technologies and Children

Research paper summarizing existing research on the effects of technical surveillance on children.

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The Actuarial Relevance of Genetic Information in the Life and Health Insurance Context

Paper by Angus Macdonald: 'The Actuarial Relevance of Genetic Information in the Life and Health Insurance Context'

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The Potential Economic Impact of a Ban on the Use of Genetic Information for Life and Health Insurance

Privacy research paper about the possible economic and social welfare implications of prohibiting health and life insurers from using genetic information.

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Genetic Information, the Life and Health Insurance Industry and the Protection of Personal Information: Framing the Debate

Paper by the OPC that helps to frame the debate on genetic information, the life and health insurance industry and the protection of personal information.

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