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August 10, 2022 - Danielle Malach, Analyst

Updated: There’s Been a Privacy Breach… Now What?

Your public body has been notified of a privacy breach, what are some of the questions that cross your mind? Maybe they include: What steps should I take now? What information should I be recording during my investigation? Should I proactively report the privacy breach to the IPC? What information does the IPC need from... 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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November 3, 2016 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

Fax vs. E-mail – Weighing the Fax!

Over the summer, some of us at the IPC were discussing the merits of fax and e-mail and how well these technologies protect privacy. So I wrote the original version of this blog to weigh in on which “technology” has better safeguards: e-mail or fax.  We’ve heard that this has generated a lot of discussion. ... read more

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