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February 11, 2020 - Rick Yachiw, Analyst

Why does our office use the pronoun “they”?

If you have ever read, or been the subject of, a report by the IPC, you may have noticed our office tends to use the pronoun “they” to refer to an individual. Grammatically, using plural pronouns in a singular context likely goes entirely against what our high school English teachers taught us is proper grammar.... read more

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February 6, 2020 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Police scanners

Starting last year, an issue arose regarding media access to police scanners. The transition from analogue radio transmission to digital transmissions created this issue. Under an analogue system, the transmission is on public air waves and anyone with the right receiver can listen in. As police forces upgraded their equipment, digital transmission means that access... read more

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February 3, 2020 - Alyx Larocque, Analyst

Records blowing in the wind – Saskatchewan needs a private-sector privacy law

Citizens in Regina had a difficult time navigating Victoria Avenue on Wednesday January 22, 2020. Boxes and papers that had spilled out of the back of a truck blocked the road. It was determined that the papers contained the personal information of citizens and that the owner of the papers was a private-sector business for... read more

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January 30, 2020 - Rick Yachiw, Analyst

Rural Municipalities – so, how should you manage personal information?

In Saskatchewan, rural municipalities (R.M.) are governed by The Municipalities Act, and the R.M.’s activities are carried out by an elected council. Some of council activities include, among others: to represent the public and interests of the municipality; to develop and evaluate municipal policies, programs and services; to participate in council meetings; and to ensure... read more

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