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Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 16-04
The applicant, a former foster child, sought the names of her mother and father. The Department refused to disclose the names stating that the disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of her parents' personal privacy. The Commissioner notes that, in the Adoption Information Act, children who are adopted have a mechanism for gaining access to their birth parents' names. Foster children are similarly provided with a mechanism to gain access to their parents' identities through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act if the disclosure is not an unreasonable invasion of privacy. In weighing the facts of this particular case, the Commissioner finds that disclosure of the parents' names would not be an unreasonable invasion of their privacy. Read more...
Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 16-03
A public body may disclose personal information if the disclosure is not an unreasonable invasion of a third party's personal privacy. In this case an applicant, a former foster child, sought the name of his father contained in the Department of Community Service's file. The Commissioner recommends that the name be disclosed because disclosing that information would not be an unreasonable invasion of privacy given the likelihood that the applicant's father died more than 30 years ago, the change in attitudes regarding the birth of a child out of wedlock and the fact that the information is 85 years old. Read more...
Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 16-02
After his release from a correctional facility, the applicant became concerned that facility staff were continuing to access his personal information without authorization. He therefore sought access to records about himself and a list of persons who had accessed his information in the correction system database. The Department of Justice ("Department") found a six page incident reporting form and an audit log. It withheld certain information citing three exemptions from disclosure: harm to the security of the system, endangerment of any person's life or safety and unreasonable invasion of personal privacy. Read more...
March 1, 2016
Information Commissioners call on governments to create a duty to document
Canada's Information Commissioners have called on their respective governments to create a legislated duty requiring public entities to document matters related to their deliberations, actions and decisions. Read more...
February 23, 2016
Access and privacy regulators call on governments to respect rights in information sharing initiatives
Canada's Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons have called on all levels of government to protect and promote privacy and access to information rights when embarking on information sharing initiatives aimed at improving government services. Read more...
For Immediate Release
February 11, 2016
N.S. Information and Privacy Commissioner releases investigation report about disclosure of former cabinet minister's personal information
HALIFAX - In an investigation report released today, Catherine Tully, Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner finds that the Office of the Premier was in violation of Nova Scotia's privacy law when the former Chief of Staff publicly disclosed personal information of a former cabinet minister. The report recommends changes that will strengthen and modernize the Office of the Premier's privacy controls. Read the full press release and backgrounder here.
Review Officer releases 2014-2015 Annual Report
Today Catherine Tully, Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer, released her office’s annual report for 2014-15. In the report, Tully describes a vision of a Nova Scotia government that actively discloses vital information, and that vigorously protects the privacy of its citizens. Read more...