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  1. Privacy Act - R.S.C., 1985, c. P-21 (Section 34)
    Marginal note:Powers of Privacy Commissioner in carrying out investigations
    •  (1) The Privacy Commissioner has, in relation to the carrying out of the investigation of any complaint under this Act, power

      • (a) to summon and enforce the appearance of persons before the Privacy Commissioner and compel them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce such documents and things as the Commissioner deems requisite to the full investigation and consideration of the complaint, in the same manner and to the same extent as a superior court of record;

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      • (f) to examine or obtain copies of or extracts from books or other records found in any premises entered pursuant to paragraph (d) containing any matter relevant to the investigation.

    • Marginal note:Access to information

      (2) Despite any other Act of Parliament, any privilege under the law of evidence, solicitor-client privilege or the professional secrecy of advocates and notaries and litigation privilege, and subject to subsection (2.1), the Privacy Commissioner may, during the investigation of any complaint under this Act, examine any information recorded in any form under the control of a government institution, other than a confidence of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada to which subsection 70(1) applies, and no information that the Commissioner may examine under this subsection may be withheld from the Commissioner on any grounds.

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    • Marginal note:Evidence in other proceedings

      (3) Except in a prosecution of a person for an offence under section 131 of the Criminal Code (perjury) in respect of a statement made under this Act, in a prosecution for an offence under this Act or in a review before the Court under this Act or an appeal therefrom, evidence given by a person in proceedings under this Act and evidence of the existence of the proceedings is inadmissible against that person in a court or in any other proceedings.


  2. Privacy Act - R.S.C., 1985, c. P-21 (Section 3)

     In this Act,

    personal information

    personal information  means information about an identifiable individual that is recorded in any form including, without restricting the generality of the foregoing,

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    • (b) information relating to the education or the medical, criminal or employment history of the individual or information relating to financial transactions in which the individual has been involved,



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