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Date Title Related Documents
Nov-30-2017 Survey: Access to Information and Privacy Rights Matter to Albertans
Albertans believe strongly that it is important to protect privacy and the right to access information in Alberta. The survey, conducted in October 2017, showed that 95% of respondents believe it is important to protect the privacy of personal information, but only 27% felt more secure about the privacy of their own personal information today than they did five years ago. More than 90% of respondents felt it is important to protect their right to access information, although only 39% were confident about their ability to exercise that right.
Survey Population Survey 2017
Nov-29-2017 AHS Responsible for Unauthorized Accesses by 49 Employees
The investigation found that Alberta Health Services contravened the HIA when 49 of its employees accessed and used the health information of a patient and her daughter for unauthorized purposes. The unauthorized activities took place in 2015 at the South Health Campus emergency department in Calgary.
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Nov-15-2017 Pharmacist Given Conditional Sentence for Health Information Breaches
A pharmacist pleaded guilty to accessing health information in contravention of the Health Information Act and received a conditional sentence order on October 16, 2017. The investigation found that 104 individuals were affected by Alsaadi’s unauthorized accesses. Health information, including demographic information, diagnostic images and laboratory results, was accessed despite no formal patient-pharmacist relationship with the affected individuals.
Oct-24-2017 Global Privacy Sweep Finds Websites, Apps Often Not Effectively Communicating Privacy Practices
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner joined 23 privacy regulators around the world to analyze how effectively privacy policies are communicated and how much control users have over the information they give to websites and apps. In total, 455 websites and apps were analyzed, including 20 Alberta-based websites.
Oct-19-2017 Information and Privacy Commissioners Across Canada Call on Governments to Safeguard Independent Review of Solicitor-Client Privilege Claims
Iqaluit, Nunavut, October 19, 2017 – In a joint resolution, Canada’s Information and Privacy Commissioners (IPCs) have called on governments to ensure that access to information and privacy legislation in every jurisdiction empowers IPCs to compel the production of records over which solicitor-client privilege has been claimed by public bodies to verify whether these claims are properly asserted when responding to requests for access to information.
Apr-19-2017 Health Information Breaches Result in Fine to Individual
A former registration and staffing clerk pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for accessing individuals’ health information in contravention of the Health Information Act.
Apr-11-2017 Reports Highlight Obstacles to Independent and Effective Oversight by the Information and Privacy Commissioner
The Information and Privacy Commissioner tabled two reports in the legislature related to the Commissioner’s functions under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
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Report Producing Records To The Commissioner Apr2017
Mar-22-2017 Individual Pleads Guilty for Health Information Breaches
A former supervisor of health information management was convicted of accessing individuals’ health information in contravention of the Health Information Act (HIA). The judge issued a $5,000 fine on March 21 for 13 unauthorized accesses of health information.
Feb-23-2017 Information and Privacy Commissioner Releases Investigation Reports on Delays in Responding to Access Requests
The OIPC released two investigation reports today that looked into delays in responding to access requests by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, and Executive Council and Public Affairs Bureau. While the reports had different findings and recommendations, a few themes emerged. Senior leadership support is essential to engender a culture that respects access to information, resourcing and staffing for processing access requests has not kept pace with the number of requests received, and having trust in the professionals who manage access requests would reduce the time spent reviewing and signing off on the release of records.
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