Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (S.C. 2000, c. 5)

Act current to 2015-08-04 and last amended on 2015-06-23. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Certificate under Canada Evidence Act
  •  (1) Where a certificate under section 38.13 of the Canada Evidence Act prohibiting the disclosure of personal information of a specific individual is issued before a complaint is filed by that individual under this Part in respect of a request for access to that information, the provisions of this Part respecting that individual’s right of access to his or her personal information do not apply to the information that is subject to the certificate.

  • Marginal note:Certificate following filing of complaint

    (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Part, where a certificate under section 38.13 of the Canada Evidence Act prohibiting the disclosure of personal information of a specific individual is issued after the filing of a complaint under this Part in relation to a request for access to that information:

    • (a) all proceedings under this Part in respect of that information, including an investigation, audit, appeal or judicial review, are discontinued;

    • (b) the Commissioner shall not disclose the information and shall take all necessary precautions to prevent its disclosure; and

    • (c) the Commissioner shall, within 10 days after the certificate is published in the Canada Gazette, return the information to the organization that provided the information.

  • Marginal note:Information not to be disclosed

    (3) The Commissioner and every person acting on behalf or under the direction of the Commissioner, in carrying out their functions under this Part, shall not disclose information subject to a certificate issued under section 38.13 of the Canada Evidence Act, and shall take every reasonable precaution to avoid the disclosure of that information.

  • Marginal note:Power to delegate

    (4) The Commissioner may not delegate the investigation of any complaint relating to information subject to a certificate issued under section 38.13 of the Canada Evidence Act except to one of a maximum of four officers or employees of the Commissioner specifically designated by the Commissioner for the purpose of conducting that investigation.

  • 2001, c. 41, s. 103.

Division 1Protection of Personal Information

Marginal note:Compliance with obligations
  •  (1) Subject to sections 6 to 9, every organization shall comply with the obligations set out in Schedule 1.

  • Meaning of “should”

    (2) The word “should”, when used in Schedule 1, indicates a recommendation and does not impose an obligation.

  • Marginal note:Appropriate purposes

    (3) An organization may collect, use or disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider are appropriate in the circumstances.