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Date Title Related Documents
Jun-18-2019 Statement from the Information and Privacy Commissioner about Alberta's Privacy Laws and GSAs
The Commissioner issued this statement, and an associated advisory, to respond to various interpretations - or misinterpretations - about how Alberta's privacy laws apply to a student's participation in a gay-straight alliance. The statement and advisory are meant to assist school boards and private schools in determining the legal considerations when drafting policies or making decisions about disclosing a student’s participation in a school club, including GSAs.
Advisory School Clubs Jun2019
Mar-12-2019 OIPC Releases Investigation into Management of GoA Emails
The OIPC released an investigation report under the FOIP Act that looked into the management and storage of email at four Government of Alberta (GoA) departments – Service Alberta, Alberta Transportation, Alberta Education and Executive Council. The investigation was opened after the Official Opposition wrote to the Commissioner outlining several concerns about the GoA’s use of email based on access to information request responses it had received from GoA departments.
Jan-22-2019 Lab Assistant Fined for Snooping on Health Information
A lab assistant with Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS) pleaded guilty to and was fined $3,500 for accessing health information in violation of the Health Information Act (HIA) on January 15, 2019. The lab assistant was found to have inappropriately accessed the health records of 11 Albertans between July 18, 2016 and September 5, 2017.
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