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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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Privacy Enhancing Technologies – A Review of Tools and Techniques

Report prepared by the Technology Analysis Division of OPC about Privacy Enhancing Technologies.

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Research paper

The Internet of Things

Research paper prepared by the Policy and Research Group of OPC about Internet of Things.

Research paper

Transparency Reporting by Private Sector Companies

Protection and security of online information.

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Metadata and Privacy

A Technical and Legal Overview on Metadata and Privacy.

Research paper

Wearable Computing - Challenges and opportunities for privacy protection

Research report providing a better understanding of privacy implications of wearable computing technologies.

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Drones in Canada

Research paper exploring the emergence and privacy impacts of drone technology in Canada and how their use could raise new concerns for privacy.

Research paper

The Age of Predictive Analytics: From Patterns to Predictions

Privacy research paper to develop a better understanding of the concept of predictive analysis.

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What an IP Address Can Reveal About You

Report prepared by the Technology Analysis Branch of the OPC about what an IP address can reveal about you.

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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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