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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.

Research project

Cloud Atlas: A Citizen’s Guide to Online Privacy Using IX Maps

Organization: OpenMedia
Project Leader: Laura Tribe, Digital Rights Specialist

Research project

Understanding, Discovering and Asserting Personal Privacy Preferences: a Feasibility Study

Organization: Ontario College of Arts and Design (OCAD) University, Inclusive Design Research Centre
Project Leaders: Jutta Treviranus and Michelle D’Souza

Research project

Left to Their Own Devices

Organization: Queen’s University
Project Leaders: David Lyon and David Murakami Wood, Department of Sociology

Research project

Enhancing the Privacy and Connected Car Website

Organization: University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Project Leader: Rajen Akalu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Research project

Online Privacy: A Human-Centered Approach

Organization: Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR), University of Toronto
Project Leader: Dilip Soman, Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of BEAR

Research project

Development of a Marketing and Distribution Plan for the Documentary “Data Mining the Deceased”

Organization: York University
Project Leader: Julia Creet, Associate Professor, Department of English

Research project

Translation of Script for Documentary “Data Mining the Deceased”

Organization: York University
Project Leader: Julia Creet, Associate Professor, Department of English

Public opinion research paper

Qualitative Public Opinion Research with Canadians on Consent

Read results from focus groups conducted with individuals to explore concerns and opinions about the issue of consent under PIPEDA.

Public opinion research paper
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