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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

The Commissioner is an advocate for the privacy rights of Canadians and her powers include: Investigating complaints, conducting audits and pursuing court action under two federal laws; Publicly reporting on the personal information-handling practices of public and private sector organizations; Supporting, undertaking and publishing research into privacy issues; and promoting public awareness and understanding of privacy issues.

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Social Insurance Number (SIN) Privacy Fact Sheet

Desribes how to protect your Social Insurance Number (SIN), which is a confidential number that is restricted to income reporting purposes. Explains who can ask for your SIN and what to do if someone asks for your SIN ...
Also available in: French
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Identity Theft and You

Provides tips about things you can do to protect your identity in your everyday life. Also outlines what you can do if you are a victim of identity theft.
Also available in: French, French
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How to File a Privacy Complaint for Individuals

Provides information about how to make a complaint under the federal privacy laws. Site provides a guide to the complaint process, and an online complaint form. It also provides factsheets about your privacy rights and ...
Also available in: French
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A Guide for Individuals: Protecting Your Privacy

Outlines your rights under the federal law, Personal Information Protection and the Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA governs the way private-sector organizations gather and manage your personal information. The ...
Also available in: French, French
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Summary of Privacy Laws in Canada

A factsheet providing an overview of privacy laws in Canada and the issues to which they may apply.
Also available in: French
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Guidelines for Obtaining Meaningful Consent

This document sets out practical & actionable guidance regarding what organizations should do to ensure that they obtain meaningful consent. It contains information about the guiding principles for obtaining consent, ...
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The Internet of Things

An introduction to privacy issues with a focus on the retail and home environments.
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