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


Statement of the Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada on national security and law enforcement measures
October 29, 2014
The Privacy and Information Commissioners and Ombudspersons from across Canada who are attending their annual meeting in Ottawa, Ontario issued a joint statement this morning recognizing with sadness the events that occurred in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario last week. Within the statement, the Commissioners and Ombudspersons called on the federal government to ensure potential national security and law enforcement changes being contemplated are “measured and proportionate” with Canadian democratic values and privacy and access rights.

Commissioner writes to Calgary Chief of Police regarding use of body-worn cameras
October 09, 2014
Commissioner strongly recommends that Calgary Police Service conduct both a Privacy Impact Assessment and an Access Impact Assessment to ensure that access and privacy issues are considered and addressed

Order P2014-07
October 09, 2014
Adjudicator confirms that CDN Power Pac met duty to assist applicant

Order P2014-06
October 09, 2014
Crawford & Company collected more information than necessary for purpose

Order F2014-36
October 09, 2014
Records withheld by Alberta Health are not responsive to request

Order F2014-35
October 09, 2014
Alberta Health Services ordered to disclose audited financial returns of nursing home operators

Order F2014-34
October 09, 2014
Town of Sylvan Lake ordered to disclose purchase and sale agreements

Order F2014-33
October 09, 2014
Decision of Calgary Police Service to withhold personal information confirmed

Order F2014-32
October 09, 2014
Records requested from Alberta Justice and Solicitor General outside of the FOIP Act

Order F2014-30
October 09, 2014
Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission ordered to determine whether records can be created

Order F2014-31
October 09, 2014
Alberta Human Services properly refused to confirm or deny existence of records

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.

PIPA Connections Conference

November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014

Our focus for this year’s event is on practical, real-world problems and solutions. This Calgary event offers an excellent opportunity to hear from privacy regulators, stakeholders and business experts from around the globe about managing personal information in the electronic age.