Privacy is about having the ability to control or influence the way in which
information about you is collected, used and disclosed. Information privacy may also be described as
In Ontario, the Freedom of
Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Municipal Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health
Information Protection Act help to protect personal information held by
government and health care practitioners and organizations. These acts contain specific rules on how they
may collect, use, retain, disclose and dispose of your personal information.
It is the responsibility of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to
ensure that government and health care practitioners and organizations abide by these Acts.