Year: 2018

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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February 22, 2018 - 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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February 15, 2018 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

UPDATED: Who Signs for a Child?

When it comes to obtaining the personal information of a child under the age of 18 years, it is commonly accepted that a child cannot sign for himself or herself.  So who can sign for that child? The Children’s Law Act, sections 3 and 4 provides: The parents of a child are joint legal custodians... read more

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February 14, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

UPDATED: Clarifying Access Requests: Unclogging the Pores of FOIP

Consider the following scenario from three perspectives: Imagine you are an applicant who has made what you thought was a fairly simple access request. You are shocked when a courier arrives at your door with five banker’s boxes full of records. Now you have to go through it all and find what you are actually... read more

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