Explore privacy research
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.
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.
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.
Privacy research paper outlining the test results of the web leakage research by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).
Surveillance and spectacle: eighty-four observations on citizen journalism, social media, mobile devices and mobs / No mistakes, no forgetting: privacy in the age of social media
Research paper informing debate around citizen journalism and privacy in the age of social media.
Privacy research paper offering a comparative overview of the ways that Canadian federal political parties collect, process and disseminate personal information.
Research paper about the societal change that has occurred online and off-line and how privacy-eroding changes may be negated.
Powers and Functions of the Ombudsman in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act: An Effectiveness Study
Research paper examining the structure, mandate and powers that have been assigned to the OPC via the Privacy Act and PIPEDA.
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