Innovation Channel - Privacy impact assessment


Statistics Canada launched an interactive crowdsourcing tool, called the Innovation Channel, on its Intranet site as part of an initiative to develop a corporate Innovation Framework. The purpose of this web portal is to engage Statistics Canada employees and give them an opportunity to share, exchange and collectively discuss innovative and creative ideas to enhance Statistics Canada’s programs and services, as well as the workplace.


A privacy impact assessment for Statistics Canada’s Innovation Channel was conducted to determine if there were any privacy, confidentiality and security issues associated with the portal, and if so, to make recommendations for their resolution or mitigation.


The Innovation Channel is an internal collaboration tool aimed at gathering and sharing ideas. The tool, which is accessible from Statistics Canada’s Intranet site, is available only to Statistics Canada employees.

Employees may access the Innovation Channel to browse through ideas or comments already posted by their peers or to publish their own. They can also vote for ideas and rank them.

All content posted onto the channel must comply with Statistics Canada’s rules of engagement. All ideas and comments are monitored following an established moderation protocol.


This assessment of the Innovation Channel did not identify any privacy risks that cannot be managed using existing safeguards.

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