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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.

Announcement: Committee Recommends New Commissioner
May 18, 2022

The Select Special Information and Privacy Commissioner Search Committee recommends the appointment of Diane McLeod as Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner effective August 1, 2022.

Announcement: Privacy Guardians Sign Collaboration Agreement
May 10, 2022

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed to promote greater collaboration between the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec.

Joint Statement on Facial Recognition
May 2, 2022

Canada's privacy authorities called for a new legal framework that sets out appropriate limits on police use of facial recognition. The statement says the legal framework should establish clearly and explicitly the circumstances in which police use of facial recognition is acceptable – and when it is not. It should include privacy protections that are specific to facial recognition use, and it should ensure appropriate oversight when the technology is deployed.

Joint Guidance on Facial Recognition for Police Agencies
May 2, 2022

This guidance is for federal, provincial, regional and municipal police agencies on the use of facial recognition. It was not written for other public organizations outside of the police that are involved in law enforcement activities (for example, border control), nor for private-sector organizations that carry out similar activities (for example, private security). However, these organizations must still ensure their compliance with all applicable laws, including privacy and human rights laws. Sections of this guidance may be helpful for that purpose.

Order F2022-17: Health
April 19, 2022

Health did not respond to an applicant's access request within timelines set out in FOIP. Health was ordered to respond to the applicant's access request.

Order F2022-18: University of Calgary
April 19, 2022

The applicant made an access request to the University of Calgary (U of C). U of C provided eight emails and attachments in response to the request. The applicant sought a review of whether U of C had met its duty to properly respond to the access request under section 10(1) of FOIP. The Adjudicator found that U of C did not have custody or control over the records the applicant sought. The Adjudicator found that U of C met the duty under section 10(1).

Order F2022-19: Strathcona County
April 19, 2022

The applicant made an access request to Strathcona County for certain information. Strathcona County responded to the applicant. The applicant requested a review into whether Strathcona County conducted an adequate search for records, as the applicant did not receive an email which he said had been shown to him by an employee of Strathcona County. The Adjudicator found that Strathcona County failed to meet its duty to assist the applicant by not providing any explanation for not locating the email the applicant stated he was shown.

Order H2022-03: Alberta Health Services
April 19, 2022

An individual made a complaint that her health information and that of her two minor children in Netcare and other electronic medical record systems had been accessed numerous times without authority by a number of employees of Alberta Health Services (AHS). The complaints about the accesses to the children’s health information were addressed in separate inquiries. The Adjudicator determined that four accesses made by one AHS employee to the complainant’s health information were in contravention of Part 4 of HIA.

Order H2022-04: Alberta Health Services
April 19, 2022

An individual made a complaint that her health information and that of her two minor children in Netcare and other electronic medical record systems had been accessed numerous times without authority by a number of employees of Alberta Health Services (AHS). The complaints about the accesses to one of the children’s health information and the individual's own health information were addressed in separate inquiries. The Adjudicator determined that one access made by one AHS employee to the child’s health information in an electronic medical system and three accesses made by another AHS employee to the child’s health information in Netcare were in contravention of Part 4 of HIA.

Order H2022-05: Alberta Health Services
April 19, 2022

An individual made a complaint that her health information and that of her two minor children in Netcare and other electronic medical record systems had been accessed numerous times without authority by a number of employees of Alberta Health Services (AHS). The complaints about the accesses to one of the children’s health information and the individual's own health information were addressed in separate inquiries. The Adjudicator determined that three accesses made by one AHS employee to the child’s health information were in contravention of Part 4 of HIA.

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