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


Order F2015-14
May 21, 2015
Edmonton Police Service properly withheld more than 3,000 records relating to complaints mentioned in a disciplinary decision.

Order P2015-04
May 20, 2015
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 424 (IBEW) had properly provided the complainant's personal information to a medical consultant. The disclosure of personal information was to ensure that IBEW was meeting its duties to the complainant under human rights and labour legislation and to prepare for a legal proceeding before the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

News Release: Joint investigation launched into alleged improper destruction of records by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
May 13, 2015
The Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Public Interest Commissioner have opened a joint investigation into the alleged improper destruction of records by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) based on information received by the offices.

Order F2015-13
May 11, 2015
Alberta Health Services met its duty to assist applicant who had requested records related her employment.

Order P2015-03
May 11, 2015
Primerica Financial Services Ltd. properly withheld most documents from applicant who was both a former employee and a client of the organization.

News Release: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner participating in global privacy sweep of apps and websites used by children
May 11, 2015
The 2015 sweep involves a coordinated effort by participants to examine websites and mobile applications (apps) for issues related to children’s privacy. This theme was chosen after many privacy enforcement authorities identified children as a key area of focus given the proliferation of websites and mobile apps targeted at, or popular among, this vulnerable demographic.

News Release: Commissioner responds to questions about shredding of government records
May 07, 2015
“There are rules for government ministries and their employees relating to the retention, destruction and preservation of records, and these rules apply and must be followed during the government’s transition period,” said Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton. “If there is evidence that the rules are not being followed, a complaint can be submitted to my office.”

Order F2015-12
May 06, 2015
The Alberta New Democratic Party made a request to Service Alberta for records pertaining to the cost of developing the Alberta baby names app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The adjudicator ordered disclosure of the records in their entirety.

Order F2015-10
May 04, 2015
Five applicants requested records from Alberta Health Services related to expense claims filed by a former CEO of the Calgary Health Region. Most expense claims were ordered to be released, except for some that had been reimbursed.

Order F2015-11
May 04, 2015
In Order F2014-38/Decision F2014-D-02, the adjudicator decided that Alberta Health Services (AHS) should be given the opportunity to gather evidence or persuasive authority to support its application of solicitor-client privilege to the records. AHS submitted evidence and the adjudicator confirmed that the records were subject to solicitor-client privilege.

Order F2015-09
April 27, 2015
The Alberta Human Rights Commission conducted a reasonable search for records and properly applied some sections of the FOIP Act to records withheld. It was, however, ordered to sever personally identifying information of third parties and provide the remainder of those records to the applicant.

Order P2015-01
April 27, 2015
The College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta was asked to reconsider its decision to withhold records from an applicant.

Order P2015-02
April 27, 2015
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta had met its duties under PIPA in responding to an applicant.

News Release: Individual charged under the Health Information Act
April 23, 2015
The OIPC conducted an investigation following a report from Alberta Health Services on an incident at its Kaye Edmonton Clinic. Upon completion of the investigation, the OIPC charged the individual with allegedly gaining access to eight individuals’ health information in contravention of the Health Information Act.

Order F2015-06
April 22, 2015
Alberta Transportation properly withheld a record from the applicant.

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