Draft Rules of Procedure
The amendments to The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), provide that the Information and Privacy Commissioner can develop rules of procedure. When I was first appointed, I heard people saying or asking, “Just be clear in what you require”. One step in that direction was to develop an IPC Guide to Exemptions which can be found on our website at www.oipc.sk.ca. Another step was to update our resources. Those resource have been updated and were further reviewed and updated to take into account the amendments that came into force on January 1, 2018. The third step was to develop a Rules of Procedure so that citizens, FOIP coordinators or lawyers would know the procedure that our office uses in a review of an access to information request or investigation of a breach of privacy. I started with a draft that was circulated to staff and then to a number of commissioners across Canada. This draft was posted on January 31, 2018 on our website and can be found by clicking here.
I would invite practitioners to take a look and make any suggestions as to how the Rules of Procedure might be improved. We want them to be clear as to the process. We want parties to know what we expect of them and what they can expect of us.
I want the draft to remain on our website until March 31, 2018. We will take comments into account and then post the Rules in a final form.
Of course, nothing is ever final and when we have or receive ideas to improve our process, we will certainly be open to changes in the future.
Please give me your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.