Online Psychological Testing

Overview and Privacy Impact Assessment Initiative

Name and Description of the Program or Activity of the Government Institution

Online Psychological Testing

Legal Authority

CSIS Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-23

Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-21

Financial Administration Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. F-11

Personal Information Bank(s) (PIB)

The following existing PIBs apply to the Service’s use of online psychological testing and the personal information collected as a result.

  1. CSIS Human Resources Management (CSIS DDS 050)
  2. CSIS Health Services (CSIS PPE 827)

Short Description of the Project, Initiative or Change

Psychological tests are unique tools used to assess the underlying psychological traits of individuals and have demonstrated to be effective in selection processes.   These tests are professionally designed to measure:

In order to ensure that qualified individuals possess specific abilities, desirable personality traits as well as a high degree of resiliency, CSIS will administer online psychological testing for specific internal activities, roles and/or programs that warrant further psychological testing.   A formal request, detailing the activity and justifying the need for further psychological testing must be submitted to the authoritative body that approves or denies the request.

Upon completion of the tests, the results are interpreted and assessed by qualified psychologists, who prepare reports in relation to the performance risks associated to a specific position and/or activity. The reports do not impart a decision on the employee but are used as an additional assessment tool.

Risk Area Identification And Categorization

Overall Risk Assessment

The Service has demonstrated due diligence in assessing privacy risks and has ensured that mitigation strategies are well established and enforced by:

CSIS is committed to safeguarding personal information collected and continuously reviews its policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal Legislation.


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