Security

How secure are my data?

Statistics Canada takes security and privacy very seriously. All available precautions have been taken to secure your data through industry-standard encryption protocols, firewalls and encryption layers.

Does anyone see my information during transmission?

No. Information is transmitted directly from your computer to Statistics Canada using a secure encryption protocol.

How does Statistics Canada stop hackers or other unauthorized people from accessing census information?

Statistics Canada takes every precaution to protect your information. Transport Layer Security (also known as TLS) enhances the privacy of the information passing between your browser and our servers. By encrypting the information, this protocol provides a safe passage for data transmission and authentication.


Sophisticated security techniques, software, hardware and procedures are used to protect your information. Census data are processed and stored on a highly restricted internal network and cannot be accessed by anyone who has not taken the oath of secrecy. Data submitted to our web servers are encrypted before being stored, and they remain encrypted until they are transferred to the high-security internal network.

What if I have a firewall or anti-virus software?

If you have a firewall, you may have problems connecting to Statistics Canada’s secure servers. You may need to change the settings on your firewall to allow communication between Statistics Canada’s servers and your computer. The same will apply to any anti-virus software you have.

What can I do to ensure my security during online sessions?

Clear your browser’s cache. Most browsers cache images or files that you have viewed and store them locally to improve performance. It is important to clear your browser’s cache after online sessions to keep others from being able to view your information later. Some browsers have an option to not cache encrypted sessions.

Does the online recruitment application have security features built in so that information is protected in the event of system failure?

Yes, in the event of a system failure, respondents’ data are not accessible to outside people or systems. Internally, safeguards are in place to ensure that there is no unauthorized access to data.