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April 7, 2017 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Officer in a Difficult Spot

I encourage every public body to appoint a FOIP Coordinator. In larger organizations you might want to have a position of Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).  The reasons for having a FOIP Coordinator or a CPO are that in these times organizations really need one person who is knowledgeable on access and privacy issues.  He or... read more

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April 5, 2017 - Alyx Larocque, Analyst

Updates to the IPC Guide to Exemptions

Our office has recently posted an updated version of its resource, IPC Guide to Exemptions.  It is dated April 4, 2017. The updates made include the following: More consistency in the tests all tests are now posed as questions where possible; using “test” instead of other words like criteria, elements etc.; using “factors” consistently where... read more

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April 3, 2017 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

Lawyers Bills: Are They a “No Brainer”?

We have now had a few reports that have dealt with the application of solicitor-client privilege exemptions (sections 22 of FOIP and 21 of LA FOIP) to lawyers bills.  In these cases, the Commissioner relied on a Supreme Court of Canada decision Maranda v. Richer, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 193, 2003 SCC67 to find that lawyers... read more

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March 29, 2017 - Diane Aldridge, Director of Compliance

Access and Privacy Rights of Minors Online

On May 3, 2016, our office posted to our website a blog titled, Who Signs for a Child?. Though the focus of that blog was on who can sign for a child under the age of 18 years, the following advice on mature minors was offered: FOIP and LA FOIP do not contemplate the child... read more

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