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. I note this guide is currently being updated and a new version will be posted in the fall.
My office has also developed the IPC Guide to HIPA, which relates to The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA).
Another step was to update our resources. Those resources 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 The 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. I posted a second draft on April 25, 2018.
Since then, I have received further input and I thank those who took the time to give me comments. On June 19, 2018, I posted a further draft and received comments. Again I received further comments and made additional changes and have posted an August 16, 2018 draft.
I want to thank those who gave input which have made these Rules clearer. As of September 1, 2018, these Rules are final. My office will work with these Rules and will review and update them in six months.