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Privacy


EXPLANATION

Privacy, like the related issue of Freedom of Information, is all about information. It is governed by several statutes (and more), as follows:
  • privacy over Ontario government-controlled information is governed by the latter half of the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) (and it's separate municipal version, MFIPPA);

  • privacy over Canadian government-controlled information is governed by the federal Privacy Act;

  • privacy over privately-held commercial personal information is governed by the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA);

  • privacy over personal medical information is governed by Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).
Privacy law is recently the subject of a new tort: 'intrusion upon seclusion'. Privacy has also long been a part of the Charter s.8 search and seizure protection through the "reasonable expectation of privacy" criminal standard.


CASES

General

Privacy - General
Privacy - Criminal
Privacy - PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act)
Privacy - PHIPA (Personal Health Information Protection Act)

Tort

Torts - Privacy [cross-linked]

FIPPA/MFIPPA

FOI - Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) [cross-linked]


ONTARIO STATUTES

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [repeated in /FOI]
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [repeated in /FOI]
Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004
Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016


FEDERAL STATUTES

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
Privacy Act
Security of Canada Information Disclosure Act
Security of Information Act

[last edit 21 Jan 2023]

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