The Privacy Act
The Privacy Act is the law that governs the personal information handling practices of federal government institutions. The Act applies to all of the personal information the federal government collects, uses and discloses—be it about individuals or federal employees. The Act also gives individuals the right to access and request correction of personal information held by these federal government institutions.
Explore the links below to find information and guidance related to the Privacy Act.
Find links to the official Act and regulations, maintained by the Department of Justice.
Explore reports and summaries of the OPC’s investigations into the personal information handling practices of organizations subject to the Privacy Act.
Access information and guidance created to help federal institutions ensure they are handling personal information appropriately.
Find information for complainants who want to apply for a hearing before the Federal Court.
Find information related to the OPC’s recommendations on modernizing the Privacy Act.
Read about the OPC’s involvement in Federal Court proceedings.
Find overviews of leading court cases decided under the Privacy Act and the key principles drawn from them.
Find information about the complaint investigation process and what is expected of complainants and implicated federal institutions.
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