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Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-03
 
The Department of Community Services (public body) did not issue a decision to the applicant in response to an access to information request within the legislated time period required by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP). The cause of the delay was that the public body did not provide the responsive records to the administrator responsible for processing the applicant's request in a timely fashion. The applicant appealed to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. The Commissioner finds that the public body is in contravention of s. 7 of FOIPOP.
 
Responding to an access request in the time required by FOIPOP is not a choice. It is a legal obligation. This is the fourth report the Commissioner has had to issue in approximately six months because the public body has failed to respond to the applicant within the statutory deadline. For this reason, the Commissioner recommends that senior leadership at the public body address this ongoing problem by ensuring it has sufficient resources to fulfill its legal obligations. She also recommends that a decision be issued to the applicant within seven days. Read more...
 

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For immediate release
February 1, 2024
 
Information and Privacy Commissioner publishes submission for the legislative review of Nova Scotia's access and privacy laws

HALIFAX - Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph has provided her submission to the internal working group reviewing Nova Scotia's access and privacy laws. Read more...

Legislative Review Submission

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Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-02

The applicant requested a Halifax Regional Police workplace audit (audit) and budgetary records associated with the audit (budgetary records) from the Department of Justice (public body). The public body provided an audit-related document that the applicant said was not the correct one they were seeking. In terms of the requested budgetary records, the public body did not say that no records had been found but did not provide any budgetary records. The applicant requested that the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) review the public body's search efforts. After receipt from the applicant of sufficient information to demonstrate that an additional search was warranted, the OIPC requested that the public body conduct an additional search. The public body failed to do so. The Commissioner finds that the public body has not conducted an adequate search as required under the duty to assist provision set out in s. 7(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. She recommends that the public body conduct a new search incorporating the new information provided by the applicant. Read more...


Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-01

The applicant requested workplace audit and budgetary records associated with the audit from the Halifax Regional Police (Police). The Police said that it did not have custody or control of the requested records. The applicant requested that the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) review the Police's search efforts. After receipt of sufficient information from the applicant to demonstrate that an additional search was warranted, the OIPC requested that the Police conduct an additional search. The Police conducted an additional search, but the Commissioner determined that this additional search was incomplete. As such, the Commissioner finds that the Police has not conducted an adequate search as required under the duty to assist provision set out in s. 467(1)(a) of the Municipal Government Act. She recommends that the Police conduct a new search that addresses the deficiencies identified by the OIPC. Read more...


NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release
December 8, 2023
 
Canadian privacy regulators launch principles for responsible development and use of generative AI
 
OTTAWA, ON, December 8, 2023 - Federal, provincial and territorial privacy authorities have developed a set of principles to advance the responsible, trustworthy and privacy-protective development and use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in Canada. Read more...
 

NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release
December 7, 2023

Information and Privacy Commissioner initiates investigation into cyber security breach of the MOVEit file transfer service

HALIFAX - Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph has launched an investigation into the cyber security breach of the MOVEit file transfer service, announced by the Nova Scotia Government on June 4, 2023. The MOVEit file transfer service is used by multiple public bodies and health custodians, including provincial government departments, Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health. Read more...


Department of Justice mandate includes amendment to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Premier Houston's September 14, 2021 mandate letter to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice includes a requirement to amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) to give order-making ability to Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner:  September 14, 2021 Ministerial Mandate - Department of Justice and Attorney General

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is willing to provide input and guidance to the government as it moves ahead with this amendment to FOIPOP, or any other important amendments the OIPC has recommended to modernize Nova Scotia's outdated access to information and privacy laws. 


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