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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.

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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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Web Leakage Research by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada - Test Results*

Privacy research paper outlining the test results of the web leakage research by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).

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Canadian Federal Political Parties and Personal Privacy Protection: A Comparative Analysis

Privacy research paper offering a comparative overview of the ways that Canadian federal political parties collect, process and disseminate personal information.

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Should Online Information be a Prohibited Ground?

Research paper about the societal change that has occurred online and off-line and how privacy-eroding changes may be negated.

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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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