Dictionary… what is it?

April 26, 2018 - Concilia Sikhosana, Practicum Student, Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Health Information Management Program

The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released an online searchable dictionary. A dictionary you ask?

What is a dictionary?

A “dictionary” is a collection of words which alphabetically range from A to Z. The dictionary details and explains each word and gives that word its own unique definition. Primarily, its purpose is to give meanings to words.

Purpose of the IPC dictionary

Well with that said, the main goal behind the IPC’s new dictionary is to help everyone understand and know what a term or phrase actually means in the access and privacy world. These terms and phrases are commonly used in administration of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP), The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA) in Saskatchewan and other jurisdictions in Canada.

The IPC invites government institutions, local authorities, health trustees, individuals, privacy officers, educators, students, and the public to take a look at this dictionary. The office encourage questions, feedback and comments. In fact, if you feel there is a word missing, please let the office know and please contribute a definition under any reference source.  The dictionary will be updated regularly, and throughout the year.

The dictionary is compiled from words and phrases used in the office’s website, other IPCs reports, schedules, glossaries, and other references, including the following:

Government of Alberta’s FOIP Guidelines and Practices: 2009 Edition

Government of British Columbia’s FOIPPA Policy & Procedures Manual

IPC Guide to Exemptions for FOIP and LA FOIP

IPC Guide to HIPA

Federal Access to Information and Privacy Legislation Annotated 2018. Drapeau, M.W; Racicot, M; Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, 2017.

Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition. Garner, B.A, Editor in Chief. Thomson Reuters Canada

Please check out IPC’s Dictionary by clicking here.

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