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Personal information transferred across borders


On April 9, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada launched the Consultation on transborder dataflows. We will be updating this page as soon as possible following the consultation.

Today's globally interdependent economy relies on international flows of information. Cross-border transfers of personal information do, however, raise some legitimate privacy issues. Canada's federal privacy laws do not prohibit the outsourcing of data processing to another jurisdiction, whether by the private sector or a federal institution. However, individuals should expect that their information is protected and handled appropriately, regardless of where it's processed.

The links on this page contain information and guidance for organizations that outsource the processing of information, including outside Canada. Individuals can also find information about their privacy rights in an increasingly borderless world.


Find guidance for businesses and federal institutions with respect to outsourcing and privacy.

Guidelines for Processing Personal Data Across Borders

Find information for businesses on transferring personal information to third parties, including those operating outside of Canada.

What Canadians Can Do to Protect Their Personal Information Transferred Across Borders

Find information and advice for Canadians on how to protect their personal information that is transferred across borders.

Cloud computing

Learn about privacy issues related to cloud computing and find guidance for businesses considering the use of cloud computing services.

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