News Releases


The OIPC has archived several news releases, including all news releases related to orders. Prior to April 1, 2015, a news release was issued with each order. Orders are available here.

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Date Title Related Documents
Mar-19-2020 Notice: PIAs During a Public Health Emergency
In response to some confusion about whether the Commissioner can relax requirements to submit PIAs during a public health emergency, the OIPC issued this notice.
Mar-16-2020 Notice: Requests for Time Extensions During an Emergency
The OIPC provided some information in the event that records responsive to an access request cannot be accessed or processed due to a disaster or pandemic, such as COVID-19.
Feb-28-2020 Commissioner Comments on Edmonton Police Service’s Use of Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Technology
The Commissioner announced an investigation into Edmonton Police Service's compliance with the FOIP Act after it admitted certain employees had used Clearview AI's facial recognition technology.
Feb-21-2020 Announcement: Commissioners Launch Joint Investigation into Clearview AI Amid Growing Concerns Over Use of Facial Recognition Technology
The privacy protection authorities for Canada, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta announced today they will jointly investigate Clearview AI and its use of facial recognition technology. Privacy regulators in every province and territory have also agreed to work together to develop guidance for organizations – including law enforcement – on the use of biometric technology including facial recognition.
Jan-31-2020 Announcement: Notice to Albertans About LifeLabs Breach
The OIPC has confirmed with LifeLabs that 21,670 Albertans were potentially affected by this breach. Anyone who believes that their personal or health information may have been affected by this breach is encouraged to contact LifeLabs for more information. LifeLabs has a dedicated phone line for responding to this incident, which can be contacted at 1-888-918-0467. LifeLabs also has more information on its website at customernotice.lifelabs.com.
Jan-30-2020 Fine Levelled Against Former Covenant Health Employee for Privacy Breaches
A former Covenant Health employee pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 20 to knowingly accessing health information in contravention of the Health Information Act (HIA). The individual received a $3,000 fine and one year of probation, including no access to health information for one year.
Jan-23-2020 Commissioner Investigating ID Scanning Technology at Alcanna-operated Liquor Stores
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is investigating Alcanna Inc. (Alcanna) and Patronscan’s pilot project to use identification-scanning technology to permit entry into liquor stores Alcanna operates. The investigation will determine whether the use of this technology in liquor stores is compliant with the Personal Information Protection Act, Alberta’s private sector privacy law.
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