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September 28, 2015 - Kayla Oishi, Early Resolution Officer

What is Right to Know Week?

September 28, 2015 is International Right to Know Day. Over the week, privacy professionals from more than 40 countries around the world will be looking forward to news and information concerning the individual’s right to know and government accountability and transparency. What is the Right to Know? The “Right to Know” is the citizen’s right... read more

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September 22, 2015 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Snooping: When Will People Learn?

Before being appointed Commissioner, my reading, studying and listening to the media caused me to really be concerned about staff snooping into personal information (PI) or personal health information (PHI) when there was no need to be looking. Before being appointed, I attended a conference where a speaker on security said the greatest problem for... read more

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August 24, 2015 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

Surveillance in Personal Care Homes: A Case Study

We often get questions from those working in personal care homes and family members of the residents about the use of hidden video surveillance. So we thought we would share some of our thoughts on the issue. Imagine this scenario: Family members of Jane, an elderly woman with dementia, suspect that she is being mistreated... read more

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August 13, 2015 - Alyx Larocque, Analyst

How to Conduct an Effective Search for Records

So you have received an access to information request and you know it is not going to be easy to locate responsive records. What do you do? Here are some tips for you. First: You develop a search strategy and document everything. A search strategy could include: Searching for records in multiple formats (i.e. electronic,... read more

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