Archive (Tag: need to know)

March 27, 2020 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Balancing Public Interest and Privacy in a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more real in our province, the expectation of citizens and in fact, their need for public information grow. The public needs information in order to make decisions on how to best protect themselves and their families. In addition, as the pandemic grows there are more patients and their right to... read more

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February 13, 2020 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Circle of Care

When my office investigates privacy breaches in the health care sector, at times, the defense, the explanation, or the reason given is that one believed they were in the “circle of care”. What is the circle of care? It certainly is not used in The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA). I did find one definition... 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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May 16, 2018 - Melanie Coyle, Analyst

Exs Beware!

The Commissioner has recently issued two investigation reports where employees of a trustee snooped in the personal health information of their ex’s new partners. In both cases, the Commissioner found that the employees did not receive privacy training. It is understandable that emotions can run high following a break up.  The urge to find out... read more

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