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2018

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Oct-17-2018 AHS Failed to Properly Protect Health Information
An investigation by the OIPC has found that a former employee of Alberta Health Services (AHS) accessed and used health information in contravention of the Health Information Act. The investigation also determined that AHS failed to ensure the employee was aware of and adhered to safeguards to protect health information.
Sep-21-2018 OIPC Investigation Finds City of Calgary Properly Responded to Privacy Breach
The OIPC released an investigation report that looked into a privacy breach by the City of Calgary under the FOIP Act. The Commissioner opened the investigation to look at whether the City of Calgary contravened the FOIP Act when the employee disclosed personal information, whether reasonable safeguards to protect personal information were in place and, based on the concerns of complainants, reviewed whether the City of Calgary followed the key steps in responding to a privacy breach.
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Sep-17-2018 Canada's Access to Information and Privacy Guardians Call for Privacy Regulation and Oversight of Political Parties
In a joint resolution, Canada’s Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners have called on governments to pass legislation requiring political parties to comply with globally recognized privacy principles, to provide Canadians with access to the personal information they hold about them, and to provide for independent oversight to verify and enforce privacy compliance.
Aug-03-2018 Announcement: Commissioner Initiates Investigation Into the Use of Facial Recognition Software at Calgary Malls
The Information and Privacy Commissioner has opened an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology without consent by Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited at shopping centres it operates in Calgary, as reported on social media and by numerous media outlets.
Jul-06-2018 Nurse Unlawfully Accessed Health Information
A registered nurse pleaded guilty to accessing health information in contravention of the Health Information Act (HIA) and received a $3,000 fine, plus a victim fine surcharge of 30 percent of the imposed fine, on June 25, 2018.
Jun-19-2018 OIPC Investigation Reports Focus on Records Management
The OIPC released two investigation reports today that looked into records management and access to information practices under the FOIP Act. The first report examined how the Government of Alberta searches the Action Request Tracking System in response to access to information requests. The second report reviewed the Balancing Pool’s management of transitory records.
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May-24-2018 Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting Coming to Alberta's Health Sector
Alberta’s health custodians will soon be required to notify Albertans whose health information has been subject to a privacy breach. The mandatory breach reporting requirements under the Health Information Act come into force on August 31, 2018. “This is good news for the privacy of Albertans. I’m pleased that individuals affected by a health information breach will now have the right to be notified, which will bring Alberta in line with a majority of Canadian provinces and territories,” said Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton. “Health information is among the most sensitive of personal details anyone can share. When health information is breached, it’s important that people know so that they can take steps to protect themselves from potential harm.”
Mar-20-2018 Award Recipient for Contributions to Freedom of Information Announced
Maryann Hammermeister was recognized for advancing access to information in Alberta. She was presented the Robert C. Clark Award at an Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) meeting. Ms. Hammermeister, the District FOIP Coordinator for EPSB, was selected unanimously by an independent, three-person panel of experts in the field of access to information.
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