Surveillance and monitoring
We live in an information society where vast quantities of data about us are gathered and analyzed through automated processes. Our activities and movements are monitored and recorded by security cameras, by loyalty programs, by online social networks and merchants, by border security agents, and a multitude of other features of everyday life.
Explore the links on this page to learn more about surveillance and monitoring, and the privacy issues and challenges associated with these activities.
Find information and guidance for businesses about using overt video surveillance in a way that respects privacy law.
Learn about privacy obligations and responsibilities for private sector organizations engaging in covert video surveillance.
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.
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.
Read information for the government and private sector about the privacy implications of biometrics and how to strengthen privacy safeguards for biometric systems.
Learn about privacy issues related to RFID technology.
Find information for individuals about privacy issues related to street-level imaging.
Explore links to research about privacy and surveillance conducted or funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Access links to investigations of businesses conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada into issues related to surveillance.
Access links to investigations of federal institutions conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada into issues related to surveillance.
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