ID Theft First Aid

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is the regulatory body for the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FOIP Act), the Health Information Act (HIA) and the Personal Information Protection Act (Private Sector Privacy). The Commissioner also conducts inquiries under the Access to Motor Vehicle Information Regulation (AMVIR).

FOIP Act Review

Section 55 Decision - University of Alberta
October 07, 2015
The University of Alberta was authorized to disregard an access request.

Order F2015-27
October 07, 2015
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General did not have the authority to use the complainant's personal information from the Alberta Community Offender Management Database because the information was used in a way that was not consistent with the purpose for which it was collected.

Order F2015-28
October 07, 2015
Calgary Police Service did not properly apply a section of the FOIP Act when refusing to confirm or deny the existence of responsive records.

News Release: 2015 Recipient of the Robert C. Clark Award Announced
October 01, 2015
Bonnie Nelson is the 2015 recipient of the Robert C. Clark Award. The award recognizes a significant contribution to advancing access to information in Alberta.

Order P2015-09
September 24, 2015
There was no evidence that the law firm Roulston Chow had collected or used the complainant’s personal information.

Order F2015-25
September 24, 2015
Adjudicator found that the City of Calgary had not established that its search for responsive records was adequate.

Order F2015-26
September 24, 2015
Adjudicator found that personal information of a mother and her child was collected for the purposes of law enforcement and was therefore permitted under the FOIP Act.

Order F2015-23
September 16, 2015
Alberta Health Services improperly withheld information in a briefing note that had been provided to senior leadership for information only and not in order to take an action.

Order H2015-01/F2015-24
September 16, 2015
Alberta Health Services (AHS) provided more than 2,000 pages of records related to a dialysis unit where the applicant had been receiving treatment. The adjudicator found that for the most part, AHS had performed an adequate search for records; however, AHS was ordered to search for non-medical information responsive to the request or to confirm that it had already done so as part of its initial search for records.

Order F2015-22
September 16, 2015
The adjudicator ordered the City of Calgary to disclose emails and an attachment from a third party. However, it was found that the city had properly withheld most records related to the request on the basis of solicitor-client privilege.

News Release: Global privacy sweep finds half of websites, apps are sharing children’s personal information
September 02, 2015
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner was one of 29 information and data protection regulators to have participated in the Global Privacy Enforcement Network’s (GPEN) annual privacy sweep, which focused on children’s online privacy this year. Of the 1,494 websites and apps analyzed around the globe, 67 percent were found to collect children’s personal information and 50 percent shared information with other organizations.

Order F2015-21
September 01, 2015
The Northwest Alberta Child and Family Services Authority Region 8 was found to be in control of records under a contract with the Watch Me Grow Agency. As a result, the region was ordered to conduct a new search for records related to the "placement, care and termination" of the applicant's son in the agency.

Section 55 Decision - Town of Ponoka
August 28, 2015
The Commissioner granted the Town of Ponoka's application and authorized the town to disregard 10 of 14 access requests, and any further requests about the 38th Street local improvement.

Order P2015-08
August 27, 2015
Watch Me Grow Agency initially ignored an access request believing it did not have to respond, but did eventually provide the applicant with copies of records containing his and his child's personal information. The organization was found to have performed an adequate search for records but failed to meet its time limit when responding to the applicant.

Robert C. Clark Award: Call for Nominations
August 18, 2015
The OIPC is seeking nominations for the Robert C. Clark Award. Named after Alberta’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner, the award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has contributed significantly to advancing access to information in Alberta. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, August 24.

Privacy Impact Assessment Training

This workshop is intended for professionals responsible for completing a PIA under obligations of HIA, as well as FOIP coordinators in the public sector and privacy officers in private sector organizations.

PIA Training - October 2015 173K Download .pdf File