Privacy Law

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The Assaulted Women’s Helpline website has information about “Web Security – Erasing Your Tracks”  on-line to reduce the chance that someone else can easily find out the websites that you have visited: www.awhl.org/social-media-web-security.

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has eight brochures about the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV.  The brochures are available on-line in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish and Tagalog: www.aidslaw.ca/site/kyr/:

  • Disclosure at work (Know Your Rights 1).
  • Accommodation in the workplace (Know Your Rights 2).
  • Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace (Know Your Rights 3).
  • Disclosure and post-secondary education (Know Your Rights 4).
  • Disclosure as a patient (Know Your Rights 5).
  • Privacy and Health Records (Know Your Rights 6).
  • Disclosure in School and Daycare (Know Your Rights 7).
  • Disclosure, Privacy and Parenting (Know Your Rights 8).

The eight Know Your Rights brochures are also available in French Connaître ses droits: www.aidslaw.ca/site/kyr/?lang=fr.

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network also produces:

  • Know Your Rights: Guide for Parents Living with HIV / Connaître ses droits: Guide pour les parents vivant avec le VIH (also in Spanish, Swahili):
    • English and other languages: aidslaw.ca/site/know-your-rights-guide-for-parents-living-with-hiv/?lang=en
    • Français : aidslaw.ca/site/know-your-rights-guide-for-parents-living-with-hiv/?lang=fr
  • Privacy and Disclosure for Youth Living with HIV or Hep C / La confidentialité et le dévoilement pour les jeunes vivant avec le VIH ou l’hépatite C : questions et réponses :
    • English:  aidslaw.ca/site/privacy-and-disclosure-for-youth-living-with-hiv-or-hep-c-questions-and-answers/?lang=en
    • Français : aidslaw.ca/site/privacy-and-disclosure-for-youth-living-with-hiv-or-hep-c-questions-and-answers/?lang=fr

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) website contains information about privacy rights in Ontario:  www.ipc.on.ca/english/Home-Page/.

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

The website of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada contains information about privacy rights in Canada:  www.priv.gc.ca/index_e.ASP.

Getting Legal Help

If you are living with HIV and have questions about privacy law, please contact us for advice.

The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) of the Law Society of Ontario is an on-line service that provides a referral to a lawyer or paralegal for an in-person or phone consultation of up to 30 minutes at no charge: www.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs. The LSRS crisis telephone for people in custody, in crisis, in a shelter or in a remote community without internet access is 416-947-5255 or toll-free 1-855-947-5255, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. The Law Society of Ontario was formerly the Law Society of Upper Canada.