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PIPEDA Fair Information Principle 4 – Limiting Collection

Your responsibilities as a business

  • Comply with all 10 of the principles of Schedule 1.
  • Do not collect personal information indiscriminately.
  • Do not deceive or mislead individuals about the reasons for collecting their personal information.

How to fulfill these responsibilities

  • Limit the amount and type of the information gathered to what is necessary for the identified purposes.
  • Identify the kind of personal information you collect in your information-handling policies and practices.
  • Ensure that staff members can explain why the information is needed.


  • By reducing the amount of information gathered, you can lower the cost of collecting, storing, retaining and ultimately archiving data.
  • Collecting less information also reduces the risk of inappropriate uses and disclosures.
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