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 - 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.

News Release: Privacy guardians urge caution for businesses contemplating a Bring Your Own Device Program
August 13, 2015
Federal, British Columbia and Alberta privacy commissioners issued guidelines to help organizations reduce risks for personal information when considering allowing employees to use their own mobile devices and computers for work.

Order F2015-20
August 10, 2015
The adjudicator upheld Alberta Justice and Solicitor General's decision to sever information about an identifiable individual. The applicant requested copies of all violations issued on Unit 4, the female unit, of the Lethbridge Correctional Centre during a specific period of time.

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.

Right to Know Week Forums

The OIPC will be hosting two morning forums to celebrate Right to Know Week in Alberta.

  • Calgary (McDougall Centre) - Tuesday, September 29
  • Edmonton (Federal Building) - Thursday, October 1

These free forums will include a presentation by Sean Holman, Mount Royal University journalism professor and access to information advocate. These events will also provide an opportunity to celebrate 20 years of access legislation in Alberta. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was enacted in Alberta on October 1, 1995.

Registration information and agenda will be posted soon.