“Mega-events” can attract large numbers of visitors, generate extensive public and media attention, and pose extraordinary security challenges. But while keeping people safe is of paramount importance, it is also crucial that security officials uphold another core Canadian value: respect for the privacy of individuals and the integrity of their personal information – before, during and after the events.

In 2010, Canada hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia worked to help ensure that surveillance and other security measures would not unduly infringe on the rights of participants, workers, visitors or nearby residents.

This section includes information on the preservation of privacy during mega-events – in particular, in the context of Olympic security.

Privacy and the 2010 Olympics

Find a list of resources, information and research related to privacy and the 2010 Olympics.

Privacy and Security at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

Find a framework of guiding principles and recommendations to help security officials for the Olympics carry out their duties without unduly infringing on the privacy rights of individuals.

Statement on Surveillance, Security and Privacy at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Read a joint statement issued by researchers, from Canada and other countries, studying the global security dynamics of mega-events.

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