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

Robert C. Clark Award


Order F2015-19
July 15, 2015
Alberta Health was ordered to disclose to the applicant information related to the applicant's application and interview for a position with Alberta Health.

Order P2015-07
July 15, 2015
An individual made a complaint that his information was improperly disclosed by the St. Paul Grazing Reserve Association. The adjudicator found that an email contained information about the complainant's business and not about him as an individual. The FOIP Act does not govern the collection or disclosure of that information.

Order F2015-16
July 14, 2015
The Commissioner decided that parts of an access request were offensive and deemed those parts to be an abuse of the FOIP office's process. Alberta Justice and Solicitor General was, however, ordered to process the parts that did genuinely constitute a request for information.

Order F2015-17
July 14, 2015
An individual made a complaint that his information was improperly disclosed by the County of St. Paul No. 19. The adjudicator found that an email contained information about the complainant's agricultural operation and not about him as an individual. The FOIP Act does not govern the collection or disclosure of that information.

Order F2015-18
July 14, 2015
An individual made a complaint that his information was improperly disclosed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. The adjudicator found that an email contained information about the complainant's agricultural operation and not about him as an individual. The FOIP Act does not govern the collection or disclosure of that information.

News Release: Commissioner releases review of government’s disclosure of travel and expenses policy
June 30, 2015
A review of the Government of Alberta’s “Public Disclosure of Travel and Expenses Policy” has been released by Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton with 25 recommendations.

Order F2015-15
June 05, 2015
An access request was made to Alberta Energy for studies, reports or documents comparing Alberta's royalty rates and regime for non-renewable energy resources to those in other jurisdictions. A private sector organization requested a third party review of Alberta Energy's decision to release business information.

Order P2015-05
June 05, 2015
An applicant made three access requests to his former employer, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Inc., for information in his personnel file. The organization properly withheld some information and was ordered to release parts of test results. A correction made to this order is already reflected. The correction was issued on June 17, 2015.

Independent Research: Deputizing the Private Sector: Requiring the Collection of Personal Information by Non-Governmental Entities for Law Enforcement or Other Purposes
May 27, 2015
This paper looks into the collection of personal information by non-government entities (typically a private sector company) for disclosure to and use by government or law enforcement. The choice of who collects personal information has consequences for the privacy rights of individuals.

Order P2015-06
May 26, 2015
Syncrude Canada Ltd. made all reasonable efforts to locate records responsive to the applicant's requests with one exception.

Order F2015-05
May 26, 2015
Edmonton Police Service properly withheld a record entitled "Canine Unit Report In Contemplation of Litigation" as it was found to be subject to solicitor-client privilege.

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.