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  • 8 Tips for Managing Emails

    This one-page tip sheet is based on the OIPC's Guidelines for Managing Emails. This guidance was issued to assist public bodies, health custodians and private sector organizations and their staff in understanding that emails are records and should be managed in accordance with records management principles and the requirements of Alberta’s access to information and privacy legislation. Published in March 2019.

  • Access Impact Assessment Guidelines for Proactive Disclosure

    This document provides guidance on how to prepare an Access Impact Assessment for proactive disclosure of information. Published in September 2016.

  • Access to Information Laws in Alberta

    This brochure provides an overview of the functions of our office in regards to access to information laws in Alberta. Feel free to print for various meetings or events, or contact our office and we will provide you with printed copies. Published in June 2015.

  • Addendum to the Submission to the Select Special Health Information Act Review Committee

    On August 24, 2004, the Commissioner provided an addendum to the submission that was sent on August 5, 2004.

  • Adjudication: Basics of Solicitor-Client Privilege

    This was a presentation at the Forum on the Application of Solicitor-Client Privilege on February 10, 2009.

  • Adjudication: Evidence and Arguments for Inquiries

    This document defines how evidence and arguments are defined for inquiries before the OIPC. Published in May 2012.

  • Adjudication: Inquiry Procedures

    This practice note outlines the procedures when a matter before the OIPC goes to inquiry. Published in May 2012.

  • Adjudication: Preparing Submissions, Records and Indexes for Inquiries

    The instructions provided in this practice note regarding records and indexes apply to public bodies, organizations and custodians in inquiries that involve their refusal to disclose information in response to an access request. Published in May 2012.

  • Advance Rulings under the Personal Information Protection Act

    The OIPC developed these guidelines for an advance ruling under section 36(3) of PIPA. Updated in September 2017.

  • Advisory for Communicating with Patients Electronically

    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. This advisory was published in June 2019.

  • Advisory for Phishing

    This advisory was developed to assist senior leaders and employees in all sectors who are regularly subject to phishing incidents, based on breach reports the OIPC receives. The advisory defines phishing, describes how phishing is executed, outlines what to watch for to prevent phishing incidents, gives examples of safeguards to help mitigate the risks of phishing, and provides an overview of what to do if and when a breach occurs. Published in May 2019.

  • Advisory for Ransomware

    This advisory was developed to assist public bodies, health custodians and private organizations with preventing and responding to ransomware cyberattacks. Published in March 2016.

  • Advisory on Disclosing a Student's Participation in a School Club

    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. Published in June 2019. Updated in September 2019 to reflect the coming into force of the Education Act, which replaced the School Act.

  • Air Traveler Surveillance Database

    On October 11, 2002, the Commissioner wrote to the federal Minister of National Revenue expressing concerns about Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's air traveler surveillance database.

  • Alberta Netcare: Know Your Rights Guide

    This guide outlines the rights afforded to Albertans under the Health Information Act with regard to Alberta Netcare, the province's electronic health record system. Published in May 2013.

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