Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Protecting and promoting privacy rights
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides advice and information for individuals about protecting personal information. We also enforce two federal privacy laws that set out the rules for how federal government institutions and certain businesses must handle personal information.
Scammers have been impersonating employees of our office and spoofing our telephone number. The scammers are calling individuals and asking for their Social Insurance Numbers. We strongly encourage you not to provide this sensitive information. If you have received such a call, you may wish to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (RCMP) given the link to potential identity fraud, and read their information on Call ID Spoofing.
Frequently asked about topics
Learn how to access your personal information held by either businesses or the federal government.
Helpful tips for challenging an organization about how it is handling your personal information.
Basic explanation of privacy laws in Canada, who oversees them and who they apply to.
Find advice for individuals and guidance for organizations about the use and protection of SINs.
Information and advice to help individuals guard against identity theft and report if it occurs.
Access information on issues related to privacy on the Internet, including cloud computing, social networking and spam.
Find information about Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law.
Find information about the privacy law that applies to Canada’s federal government departments and agencies.
Learn about the OPC’s investigations into privacy complaints.
Get the latest news and information from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
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