Blog Archive (Year: 2018)

April 12, 2018 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Who signs for an adult?

Two of my staff were giving a presentation to an organization who has both children and adults in its care. Questions were asked about who could sign for the adult (18 or older) when that adult may not have capacity to sign or consent.  This question took me back to the work I did for... read more

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April 9, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst and Deepa Pawar, Early Resolution Officer

Wait! Protect that phi in your waiting room!

I think everyone has had the following experience.  You’ve been sitting in you’re physician’s waiting room for 20 minutes.  You’ve checked all of social media apps on your smart phone twice and none of the magazines on the table have attracted your attention.  So you sit there quietly observing the sights and sounds around you. ... read more

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February 22, 2018 - Sharon Young, Analyst

Technology and function creep

“I love technology, But not as much as you, you see. But I still love technology. Always and forever.” Kip from the movie Napoleon Dynamite Technology takes on a central role in most, if not all, workplaces. It is difficult to imagine a workplace without computers. Further, cloud computing is enabling workplaces to organize themselves... read more

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- Sharon Young, Analyst

Duty to assist

In March 2017, I wrote a blog post entitled “Assisting the Applicant” about what the Commissioner means when he refers to the best practice of assisting the applicant. It discussed how government institutions and local authorities should respond to access to information requests openly, accurately, and completely. Since then, both The Freedom of Information and... read more

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