A generic privacy impact assessment for Statistics Canada Statistical Programs was conducted to determine if there were any associated privacy, confidentiality and security issues, and if so, to make recommendations for their resolution or mitigation.
This document summarizes Statistics Canada's assessment of the privacy implications of its Statistical Programs. It includes a review of the ten privacy principles as they apply to these programs. Also included is an assessment of the risks to the privacy, confidentiality and security of respondents'/participants' information.
While a number of potential privacy concerns have been identified, as expected, this assessment concludes that, with the existing Statistics Canada safeguards and additional safeguards that have been put in place, any remaining risks are either negligible or are such that Statistics Canada is prepared to accept and manage the risk.
There may be situations where a statistical program identifies privacy risks not covered in this generic PIA. In this event, either the newly identified risk(s) for a statistical activity will be assessed in a supplement to the generic PIA or a specific PIA may be conducted with respect to these additional risks.