Privacy during a pandemic

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta have developed guidance and information to ensure organizations and employees understand their privacy obligations and rights during a pandemic, and to draw a distinction between an emergency situation and a “non-emergency” pandemic situation. 

Explore the links on this page for more information on this topic. From here, you can also access guidance related to handling personal information during an emergency.

Privacy in the Time of a Pandemic: Guidance for Organizations

Find information and guidance for private sector organizations on making proper privacy related decisions in a possible pandemic situation.

Privacy in the Time of a Pandemic: Fact Sheet for Employees

Find information and guidance to assist employees in understanding what information employers can collect, use and disclose in both non-emergency and emergency pandemic situations.

Privacy Emergency Kit

Find guidance to help organizations handle personal information appropriately in the event of an emergency.

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