Data and Technology Management

Compliance with access and privacy legislation requires that institutions responsibly manage information. Technologies evolve and data sets become more complex over time, but privacy and access obligations remain. Institutions must find ways to ensure that they are capable of meeting their obligations before they adopt new technologies, techniques or policies. In this section, institutions will find guidance on various forms of data and technology management that support compliance with access and privacy legislation.

Surveillance refers to any activity that monitors behaviours, actions or communications. Government institutions may employ surveillance techniques for legitimate purposes, such as law enforcement, but must take steps to ensure that their use of surveillance technology and the collection, use or disclosure of personal information collected during surveillance activities is done in accordance with access and privacy legislation. The IPC provides guidance on the use of various surveillance tec...
Data and Information Management
A key aspect of complying with access and privacy legislation is the appropriate management of data and information. This includes implementing privacy protective measures for personal information, such as de-identification or access controls, as well as organizational techniques to ensure that information is available to the public. The IPC provides guidance on various forms of data and information management to assist in meeting access and privacy obligations.
Biometrics refers to measurable physiological or behavioural characteristics that can be used to identify an individual. Examples of biometric identifiers include fingerprints, iris patterns, facial features, DNA, voice signatures, and even physical movements. The use of biometrics is becoming more common. For example, fingerprints and facial images are matched against databases to identify persons of interest, and used by individuals to authenticate their identities and to access computing ...
Online Educational Services: What Educators Need to Know
Educators are using online educational services for student learning, communication, and evaluation. While these services may be innovative, accessible, and available at little or no cost, their use could put the privacy of students and their families at risk. Sometimes teachers use online services without approval from school administrators, who are responsible for the information management practices of their staff. School boards must ensure online services used by teachers are compliant wi...