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Public safety and law enforcement

Canadians want their government to act on their behalf in protecting their safety and security, but they also care deeply about their privacy. Balance is critical. Law enforcement needs to be able to protect individuals but this work must be done in ways that are consistent with the rule of law.

Explore the links in this section to learn about some of the privacy issues that arise in the context of public safety and law enforcement, as well as information on how federal privacy laws apply.

A Matter of Trust: Integrating Privacy and Public Safety in the 21st Century

Learn about the analytical framework and basic steps used by the OPC when examining new public safety measures.

Guidance for the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement authorities

Find information and guidance for law enforcement authorities on using body-worn cameras in a way that respects privacy law.

Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance of Public Places by Police and Law Enforcement Authorities

Find information and guidelines for police and other law enforcement authorities on the use of video surveillance in public places in manner that respects privacy law.


Access information about the privacy issues related to large-scale public events and how privacy can be preserved while keeping people safe.

Passenger Protect Program (No-Fly List)

Learn about privacy issues and risks identified by the OPC with respect to Canada’s no-fly list.

Your privacy at airports and borders

Find information for individuals about their privacy rights at airports and border crossings and what they can do if they feel these rights may have been violated.

The Privacy Act and public interest disclosures

Learn about the provision in the Privacy Act that sets out circumstances in which government institutions may choose to disclose personal information in the public interest without consent.

Privacy Emergency Kit

Find guidance to help organizations handle personal information appropriately in the event of an emergency.

Financial transaction reporting

Access guidance for businesses about reporting financial transactions to combat crime and terrorism, while respecting privacy obligations under PIPEDA.

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