Privacy breaches

A privacy breach is the loss of, unauthorized access to, or disclosure of, personal information.

Some of the most common privacy breaches happen when personal information is stolen, lost or mistakenly shared. A privacy breach may also be a consequence of faulty business procedures or operational breakdowns.

Learn more about privacy breaches and how organizations should respond if they experience breach.

Respond to a privacy breach at your business

Find information about steps to take when responding to a breach and reporting a breach to the OPC.

Respond to a privacy breach at your federal institution

Find breach guidelines for Government of Canada institutions and information about reporting a breach to the OPC.

Ten Tips for Reducing the Likelihood of a Privacy Breach

Learn what businesses should do to reduce the likelihood of a breach of customers’ personal information.

Ten Tips for Addressing Employee Snooping

Get advice on how to prevent and address employee snooping.

Faxing personal information

Learn how to reduce the risks associated with transmitting personal information by fax.

Tips for Federal Institutions Using Portable Storage Devices

Find information to help organizations reduce the risks associated with using portable storage devices to store personal information.

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