Guidance

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner publishes guidance documents to promote compliance with Ontario’s access and privacy laws.

New materials are posted on an ongoing basis. If you are looking for a guidance on a topic that is not listed here, please contact us.

Found 23 results

Title / Description Topic Type Date

Release of personal information to police: your privacy rights
Law Enforcement/policing | Privacy Fact Sheets | Law Enforcement Aug 12 2019

Accessing Your Deceased Relative’s Personal Information
Access | Access Request Process | Health | Personal Information | Privacy Fact Sheets Apr 24 2019

Privacy and Access to Information in Ontario Schools: A Guide for Educators (Fact Sheet)
Access | Privacy | Youth Best Practices | Brochures | Fact Sheets Jan 10 2019

Privacy in the School (Fact Sheet)
Access | Privacy | Youth Best Practices | Brochures | Fact Sheets Jan 10 2019

Protecting Your Students’ Privacy Online (Fact Sheet)
Access | Privacy | Youth Best Practices | Brochures | Fact Sheets Jan 10 2019

Your Child’s Privacy in School (Fact Sheet)
Access | Privacy | Youth Best Practices | Brochures | Fact Sheets Jan 10 2019

A Guide to Privacy and Access in Ontario Schools
Access | Privacy | Youth Best Practices | Brochures | Fact Sheets Jan 10 2019

Disclosure of Personal Information to Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement/policing | Privacy Fact Sheets Nov 22 2018

Privacy Fact Sheet: General Data Protection Regulation
Legislation | Privacy Fact Sheets Jul 11 2018

Smart Cities and Your Privacy Rights
Privacy | Technology And Security Fact Sheets Apr 27 2018

Big Data and Your Privacy Rights
The emergence of big data as a tool to manage and analyze large and complex data sets offers great promise and opportunity, but also raises serious privacy challenges and considerations, especially to personal privacy. Public and health sector institutions increasingly use big data tools to improve programs and public services and ensure they are supported by better...
Privacy Fact Sheets Jan 25 2017

Fact Sheet: Video Surveillance
This fact sheet highlights the important factors an institution must consider before implementing a video surveillance system.
Privacy | Surveillance | Technology And Security Best Practices | Fact Sheets | Professional Guidelines Nov 09 2016

Fact Sheet: What is Personal Information?
This fact sheet explains the meaning of the term “personal information,” and answers frequently asked questions.
Access | Access Request Process | Personal Information | Privacy Fact Sheets | Professional Guidelines Oct 20 2016

You are Affected by a Freedom of Information Request: What You Should Know
This fact sheet seeks to answer some of the common questions you may have about the freedom of information process. This document is part of a series designed to keep the public and professionals up to date with the IPC’s interpretations of access and privacy laws.
Access | Appeal Process | Privacy Best Practices | Fact Sheets Sep 26 2016

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Councillors’ records
Our office is sometimes required to decide access to information appeals relating to requests for records held by municipal councillors. Unfortunately, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) does not expressly refer to records of municipal councillors.
Access | Legislation | Privacy Fact Sheets Apr 22 2016

Fact Sheet #17 – Applying PHIPA and FIPPA/MFIPPA to Personal Health Information
The purpose of this Fact Sheet is to provide organizations that are defined as both health information custodians under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and institutions under public sector privacy and access to information legislation, namely the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) or its municipal counterpart the...
Access | Access Request Process | Health | Privacy Educational Material | Fact Sheets Apr 19 2011

Fact Sheet #16 – Health-Care Requirement for Strong Encryption
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, in Order HO-004 and Order HO-007, required that health information be safeguarded at all times, specifically by ensuring that any personal health information stored on any mobile devices (e.g., laptops, memory sticks, PDAs) be strongly encrypted.This Fact Sheet paper provides a working definition of strong encryption and...
Health | Privacy | Technology And Security Educational Material | Fact Sheets Jul 16 2010

Fact Sheet #13 – Wireless Communications Technologies: Video Surveillance Systems
Fact Sheet about the use of wireless CCTV cameras.
Privacy | Surveillance | Technology And Security Fact Sheets Jun 07 2007

Fact Sheet #11- Health Information Custodians Working for Non-Health Information Custodians
Health | Privacy Fact Sheets Feb 01 2006

Fact Sheet #10 – Secure Destruction of Personal Information
Information Management | Privacy Fact Sheets Dec 04 2005

Fact Sheet #08 – Lock-box Fact Sheet
Health | Privacy Fact Sheets Jul 01 2005

Fact Sheet #07 – Disclosure of Information Permitted in Emergency or other Urgent Circumstances
Health | Privacy Fact Sheets Jul 01 2005

Fact Sheet #01 – Safeguarding Personal Health Information
Health | Privacy Fact Sheets Jan 01 2005