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The Difference Between the Private and Public Sector

Last updated on November 11, 2021

It is important to understand the difference between the private sector and public sector because your privacy rights will differ depending on the legislation that an organization is governed under.

The Private Sector

The private sector is usually composed of organizations that are privately owned and not part of the government. These usually includes corporations (both profit and non-profit) and partnerships.

An easier way to think of the private sector is by thinking of organizations that are not owned or operated by the government. For example, retail stores, credit unions, and local businesses will operate in the private sector.

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The Public Sector

public sector

The public sector is usually composed of organizations that are owned and operated by the government. This includes federal, provincial, state, or municipal governments, depending on where you live. Privacy legislation usually calls organizations in the public sector a public body or a public authority. A public sector organization is not to be confused with a public company – which is a company that is traded on a stock exchange. Examples of public companies are Microsoft, Facebook, and Coca-Cola.

Some examples of public bodies in Canada and the United Kingdom are educational bodies, health care bodies, police and prison services, and local and central government bodies and their departments.

Read more about the Public Sector

Video Comparison

Watch this video to learn more about the differences between both sectors:


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  2. Lucia Lucia March 26, 2019

    How does public sector compliment private sector

  3. Marcella Mansaray Marcella Mansaray June 6, 2018

    This is very useful information more informed for any indivisual

  4. Joseph Joseph February 17, 2018

    Wage wise shouldn’t be lower in grades of work and some pay like government wages for all population in the public private sector ln all country ,?

  5. sabari sabari January 31, 2018

    i need simply meaning for Public Sector Co. Government Or Private

  6. Anonymous Anonymous December 1, 2017

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  10. Anoymous Anoymous September 13, 2016

    We can say that there is poor service in public sector but this doesn’t mean you disregard it. You don’t even have permanent job in private sector.

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  14. roy malone roy malone March 11, 2016

    if the public really knew how much power we have than we could go far in this lifetime

  15. Aiman Aiman December 14, 2015

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