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The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) sets out 10 principles of fair information principles, which form the ground rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.

In addition to providing general guidance on how to comply with PIPEDA, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) offers guidance and tips related to the application of PIPEDA in certain situations or for particular issues.

Start here to find information that will help you ensure you comply with PIPEDA.


Guidance for federal political parties on protecting personal information

Find information on how political parties can respect privacy.


Guidance on inappropriate data practices: Interpretation and application of subsection 5(3)

Find examples of practices that the OPC generally considers inappropriate under PIPEDA.

Policy statement

Policy statement on the collection, use and disclosure of genetic test results

Read the OPC’s position regarding the collection, use and disclosure of genetic test results.


Protecting personal information: Cannabis transactions

Learn about privacy obligations and responsibilities for private sector organizations selling cannabis.


Ten tips for a better online privacy policy and improved privacy practice transparency

Find information for businesses to help develop better privacy policies.


Tips for containing and reducing the risks of a privacy breach

Learn what businesses should do when responding to a privacy breach.


Guidelines for obtaining meaningful consent

Practical and actionable guidance regarding what organizations should do to ensure that they obtain meaningful consent.


Recording phone calls

Purposes, consent


Applying paragraphs 7(3)(d.1) and 7(3)(d.2) of PIPEDA

Find guidance for organizations on disclosing personal information without knowledge or consent of the individual when conducting certain investigations or addressing fraud.

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