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The following is a list of some of the most recent postings on the website, including Orders, Investigation Reports, news releases and resources. The dates below correspond to the date that each item was posted on the website.

Order P2019-04: NAL Resources Management Ltd.
July 16, 2019

Individuals complained that NAL Resources Management Ltd. contravened PIPA when it instituted a policy that required contractors, such as the complainants, to have a GPS tracking device installed on their vehicles. The Adjudicator found that the information collected by the GPS tracking device was personal employee information within the terms of PIPA, as the organization collected and used it for the purpose of managing the employment relationship. The Adjudicator confirmed that the organization was not in contravention of PIPA.

Order F2019-20: Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
July 8, 2019

On February 16, 2016, the applicant made an access request to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General (JSG). JSG did not respond to the applicant. The Adjudicator directed JSG to respond.

Order F2019-21: County of Two Hills No. 21
July 8, 2019

An individual made an access request to the County of Two Hills No. 21 for records related to expense claims made by county council members from a specified period of time. The county provided the applicant with a fee estimate in the amount of $1,000. The applicant requested that the county waive the fee on the basis that the records were in the public interest. The county declined to waive the fee. The Applicant paid the fee but requested a review of the county’s decision. The Adjudicator found the county failed to substantiate that the $0.25 per page that it charged to the applicant for photocopying did not exceed the county’s actual costs as required by the FOIP Act. The county also did not provide sufficient information or evidence on how it calculated the estimated or actual cost of any of the additional items it charged the applicant for. As a result, the Adjudicator ordered the county to refund all fees that were paid by the applicant. Consequently, it was not necessary for the Adjudicator to determine whether payment of any of the fee should be refunded on the basis that the records related to a matter of public interest.

Order F2019-22: Edmonton Catholic School District No. 7
July 8, 2019

An applicant requested records related to all retreats and/or meetings attended by principals of Edmonton Catholic School District No. 7 that took place outside of Edmonton. A similar request for records regarding retreats or meetings attended by teachers was also made. The school district responded by providing a summary it had created for the purpose of responding to the access request. The Adjudicator found that manually creating a summary of information to respond to the access request was not a response contemplated by the FOIP Act. As a result, the Adjudicator found that the school district had not responded to the applicant. She directed the school district to respond to the applicant.

Order F2019-23: Workers' Compensation Board
July 8, 2019

An individual complained that the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) disclosed his personal information in contravention of the FOIP Act when it sent his medical information and its reasons for refusing his claim to the company that employed him. The complainant also claimed that the information was subsequently disclosed to various people within WCB. The Adjudicator found that the disclosure was not authorized by a FOIP Act provision pertaining to disclosure of personal information (section 40(1)). She directed WCB not to disclose the complainant’s personal information in contravention of the FOIP Act in the future.

Order P2019-02: Servus Credit Union Ltd.
June 19, 2019

An individual complained that Servus Credit Union Ltd. disclosed his personal information, which was contained in a form entitled Personal Financial Statement, to his ex-wife, without the complainant's consent. The Adjudicator found that there was insufficient evidence to find that the information was disclosed by the organization.

Order P2019-03: Servus Credit Union Ltd.
June 19, 2019

An individual complained that Servus Credit Union Ltd. disclosed her personal information, contained in a form entitled Personal Financial Statement, to her common law partner's ex-wife, without the complainant's consent. The Adjudicator found that there was insufficient evidence to find that the information was disclosed by the organization.

News Release: Statement about Privacy Laws and GSAs
June 18, 2019

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.

Resource: Advisory on Disclosing a Student's Participation in a School Club
June 18, 2019

This advisory is meant to assist school boards, private schools and their employees in identifying their authority to disclose a student’s participation in a GSA or other voluntary student organization, if considering doing so. The advisory also discusses student privacy rights, especially for mature minors, and outlines how they can exercise their rights if they feel a school has improperly disclosed their personal information.

Resource: Advisory for Communicating with Patients Electronically
June 12, 2019

This advisory outlines how electronic communications with patients can improve efficiency, what the risks of electronic communications are, what steps custodians can take to mitigate those risks, and the policy and privacy impact assessment requirements that must be considered when communicating with patients electronically. This advisory consolidates two previous documents that were published in August 2012.

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