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).

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.