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Privacy at McMaster

The Privacy Governance and Accountability Framework

The Privacy Governance and Accountability Framework applies to all McMaster University faculty, staff and students when handling personal information or personal health information on behalf of the institution.

The Framework came into effect on June 16, 2015, and was updated July 1, 2017.

Primer on Privacy Course Available!

All McMaster employees (faculty, staff, and students) are invited to take the new Primer on Privacy course. This self-directed course is available for self-registration through Mosaic. Here are instructions on how to register, and an FAQ. Please note that the course name is privacy.

New IPC Guidance – Personal Email Accounts and Instant Messaging Tools

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released a new guidance document today: Instant Messaging and Non-Institutional Email Accounts: How to Meet Your Access and Privacy Obligations.

This document was developed to help Ontario’s public institutions manage the use of instant messaging and personal email accounts when doing business. All employees should be aware records relating to an institution’s business that are created, sent or received through instant messaging or personal email accounts are subject to Ontario’s access and privacy laws.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)

The purpose of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is to provide a right of access to information under the control of McMaster University and to protect personal information held by McMaster. 

Notice of Collection

The University has developed a Notice of Collection statement, outlining the kind of personal information that is collected and the use that is made of such information.


Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

The purpose of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is to more carefully control the use of spam (ie. unwanted Commercial Electronic Messages or CEMs) in electronic messaging. CASL came into effect on July 1, 2014.