Privacy and access to your personal information in the federal government

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

Request your personal information

Find out how to request access to your personal information or to correct it in government records.

How access to information and personal information requests work

Find out how privacy and access to personal information work and what you can expect as a person seeking information.

Statistics on access to information and privacy

The Access to Information and Privacy Statistical Report summarizes government-wide statistics about the administration of the Privacy Act.

Court decisions related to access to information and privacy

Find summaries of court decisions that affect how we understand privacy and personal information in Canada.

Information about programs and information holdings

Find out which government institutions hold personal information and how it is managed.

Glossary of terms related to access to information and privacy

Here is a glossary of terms and acronyms related to privacy and personal information.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Find out more about the role of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.

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