Canadian Community Health Survey Pilot on Healthy Aging

Privacy Impact Assessment Summary

Introduction

Since 1999, Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey has been a fundamental part of the Health Information Roadmap, a collaborative effort among Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Health Canada. Its goal is to meet priority requirements for health information that serves to improve public health and the quality of Canada’s health system.

Objectives

A privacy impact assessment for Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey Pilot on Healthy Aging was conducted to determine if there were any privacy, confidentiality and security issues associated with the program, and if so, to make recommendations for their resolution or mitigation.

Description

Although in general, the generic privacy impact assessment for Statistics Canada surveys addresses privacy concerns for this pilot survey, this privacy impact assessment focuses on and examines the risks associated with the use of audio recording to capture respondent responses for selected questions on the survey and transmission of these data back to Statistics Canada for data coding.

Conclusion

This assessment of the Canadian Community Health Survey Pilot on Healthy Aging did not identify any privacy risks that cannot be managed using existing safeguards.

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