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.

Guidelines for Overt Video Surveillance in the Private Sector

Find information and guidance for businesses about using overt video surveillance in a way that respects privacy law.

Guidance on Covert Video Surveillance in the Private Sector

Learn about privacy obligations and responsibilities for private sector organizations engaging in covert video surveillance.

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.

Mega-events

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

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.

Data at Your Fingertips Biometrics and the Challenges to Privacy

Read information for the government and private sector about the privacy implications of biometrics and how to strengthen privacy safeguards for biometric systems.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

Learn about privacy issues related to RFID technology.

Captured on Camera Street-level imaging technology, the Internet and you

Find information for individuals about privacy issues related to street-level imaging.

Research on surveillance

Explore links to research about privacy and surveillance conducted or funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Investigations of businesses related to surveillance

Access links to investigations of businesses conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada into issues related to surveillance.

Investigations of federal institutions 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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