The Privacy Act gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents and individuals present in Canada the right to access their personal information held by government institutions that are subject to the Act, and protects that information against unauthorized collection, use, retention and disclosure. The Act complements other acts and procedures for access to personal information. This page provides links to the Act as well as policy instruments and tools supporting its administration.
Services and information
Find out how to request access to your personal information or to correct it in government records.
Find out how privacy and access to personal information work and what you can expect as a person seeking information.
The Access to Information and Privacy Statistical Report summarizes government-wide statistics about the administration of the Privacy Act.
Find summaries of court decisions that affect how we understand privacy and personal information in Canada.
Find out which government institutions hold personal information and how it is managed.
Here is a glossary of terms and acronyms related to privacy and personal information.
Find out more about the role of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.
What we are doing
Acts and regulations
Policies and guidance
- Policy on Privacy Protection
- Directive on Privacy Impact Assessment
- Directive on Privacy Practices
- Directive on Social Insurance Number
- Directive on Privacy Requests and Correction of Personal Information
- Standard on Privacy and Web Analytics
- Privacy Breach Management Toolkit
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