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On August 24, 2004, the Commissioner provided an addendum to the submission that was sent on August 5, 2004.
As a result of the Government of Alberta's decision to prorogue the legislative session in September 2014, the Commissioner wrote a letter concerned that PIPA may lapse due to a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision that found PIPA unconstitutional in November 2013. The SCC provided the Alberta legislature 12 months to bring PIPA in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
On March 4, 2015, the Commissioner, in partnership with Ontario and British Columbia's Information and Privacy Commissioners, provided recommendations to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security for Bill C-51, The Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015.
After Bill 46, Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) was tabled in the legislature on November 5, 2020, the Commissioner committed to reviewing the proposed amendments and making comments public. This letter issued on November 13, 2020 outlines the Commissioner's views on key proposed amendments, including expanded access to Netcare, expanded use of health information made available via Netcare, and the removal of a PIA requirement for Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and the Health Quality Council of Alberta for certain information sharing activities.
In the Annual Report 2019-20, the Commissioner committed to writing to the Minister of Service Alberta to ask that updates be considered for the FOIP Act and PIPA. The recommendations put forward were selected with a view to adapting the legislation to reflect accelerated digitization in all sectors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced societal expectations relating to access to information and privacy rights. The letter was sent on November 30, 2020.
In response to the Government of Alberta's announced review and consultation process, the Commissioner submitted this report, which contains ideas, suggestions and recommendations for amending the FOIP Act such that Alberta’s access to information and protection of privacy legislation might become a leading example for other jurisdictions. Published in July 2013.
In response to the Government of Alberta's announced review and consultation process, the Commissioner submitted this report, which contains recommendations for technical amendments to the FOIP Act. Published in July 2013.
On February 27, 2014, the Commissioner wrote to the Minister of Health recommending the inclusion of mandatory breach reporting and notification provisions in the Health Information Act.
On June 11, 2014, the Commissioner submitted comments and recommendations regarding the Government of Alberta's Municipal Government Act review where it intersected with access and privacy laws.
On September 22, 2014, the Commissioner wrote to the Ministers of Service Alberta and Justice and Solicitor General expressing concern about the time in which the government had to amend PIPA to ensure its validity following the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling that PIPA was unconstitutional.
On December 20, 2013, the Commissioner wrote the Ministers of Service Alberta and Justice and Solicitor General regarding the Supreme Court of Canada's (SCC) ruling that PIPA was unconstitutional. The SCC provided 12 months for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to bring PIPA in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This Special Report was submitted to the Legislative Assembly. It requests that the FOIP Act be amended to give the Commissioner the power to require public bodies to produce records over which solicitor-client privilege and other similar privileges are claimed, when necessary. This amendment is proposed to ensure there is an accessible, affordable and timely way for Albertans to seek review of government and other public bodies’ responses to access requests. The requested amendment will also enhance Albertans’ participation in the democratic process to hold their government to account through an effective access to information regime.
On March 3, 2014, the Commissioner provided comments the proposed Health Charter and Health Advocate Regulation.
In October 2004, the Commissioner provided a response to the final report by the Select Special Health Information Act Review Committee.
On October 15, 2015, the Commissioner presented to the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future which was tasked with a review of the Personal Information Protection Act.
On September 7, 2016, the Commissioner provided context on how PIPA was developed in consideration of European Union data protection laws and PIPA's "substantially similar" designation federally. The presentation was made to the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future which was tasked with a review of the Act.
This report was submitted to the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future which was tasked with a review of the Personal Information Protection Act in 2015-16. The submission included 10 recommendations. Published in February 2016.
On August 5, 2004, the Commissioner submitted a review and recommendations regarding a review of the Health Information Act.
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