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


Karen Kleiss recipient of 2014 Robert C. Clark Award
September 24, 2014
Karen Kleiss, a reporter for the Edmonton Journal, received the RCC award for her significant contribution to advancing access to information in Alberta.

Commissioner writes to Alberta Government about status of PIPA
September 23, 2014
On September 22, 2014, Commissioner Clayton wrote to the Premier, the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and the Minister of Service Alberta inquiring about the steps the Government is taking to preserve PIPA in light of the Legislative Assembly being prorogued.

Section 55 Decision - Service Alberta (Released September 12, 2014)
September 12, 2014
The Commissioner reminds public bodies that applications to disregard access requests require that public bodies provide evidence.

Global privacy sweep raises concerns about mobile apps
September 10, 2014
Clear, concise privacy language builds consumer trust and is good for business, according to privacy authorities that took part in this year’s global sweep of more than 1,200 mobile apps.

PIA Training Registration opens September 15
September 04, 2014
The OIPC is hosting free PIA training in Edmonton on October 3, 2013 and in Calgary on October 10, 2014. Please check back on September 15 for more information and to register.

Investigation Report H2014-IR-01
August 29, 2014
Medicentres Canada has been found in contravention of the Health Information Act following an investigation into the theft of an unencrypted laptop containing health information

Order P2014-04
July 30, 2014
TD Insurance properly refused access to audio recordings

Order P2014-05
July 30, 2014
Commissionaires' access request confirmed

Order F2014-26
July 30, 2014
Alberta Health Services ordered to release further information

Order F2014-27
July 30, 2014
Edmonton Police Service Decision on access request confirmed

Order F2014-28
July 30, 2014
Alberta Health disclosed more personal information than was necessary

Order F2014-29
July 30, 2014
City of Calgary ordered to review its response to an access request

Order H2014-02
July 30, 2014
Alberta Health Services ordered to safeguard health information against unauthorized access

Order F2014-25
July 28, 2014
Alberta Justice ordered to release further information on Bill C-10, the federal omnibus crime legislation

Right to Know 2014 - Save the Date!
July 15, 2014
Each year, approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations celebrate Right to Know Day. The purpose of Right to Know is to raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. Watch our website for further details about forums being held in Calgary and Edmonton this year. Calgary – Sept 23, Edmonton – Sept 25

Privacy Impact Assessment Training October 3 (Edmonton) and October 10 (Calgary)

October 03, 2014

A PIA is a due diligence exercise in which an organization identifies and addresses potential privacy risks that may occur in the course of its operations. The OIPC has developed PIA training to assist organizations in reviewing the impact that a new project may have on privacy. This training will be held October 3 in Edmonton, and October 10 in Calgary. There is no charge, but seating is extremely limited.

National Privacy and Data Governance Congress 2014 - Calgary

October 15, 2014 - October 17, 2014

Bringing together professionals from industry and government to explore practical strategies for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s changes in the interconnected realms of privacy, access, governance, resilience, security, and surveillance. The Congress is your opportunity to take a participatory role in extended sessions that include interactive discussion, practical tools and takeaways exploring the Congress theme: Risky Business - Embracing Privacy and Data Governance in a Hostile World.