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Nova Scotia's Commissioner talks legislative change on Saskatchewan Commissioner's podcast
 
Tricia Ralph, Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner, sat down with Saskatchewan's Information and Privacy Commissioner on his podcast to discuss her proposed legislative changes to Nova Scotia's access and privacy laws. Have a listen here: Tricia Ralph Wants Changes to Nova Scotia's Access and Privacy Legislation

Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-11

 
An applicant made a request for records from the Office of L'nu Affairs (public body) for 13 separate gaming agreements between the Nova Scotia Government and 13 First Nations. The public body applied s. 12(1)(a) (intergovernmental affairs) and s. 17(1) (financial or economic interests of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to withhold the records in full. The Commissioner finds that the public body did not meet its burden of establishing it was authorized to withhold the information and so recommends the withheld information in the responsive records be released in full to the applicant. Read more...

Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-10
 
The Alton Natural Gas Storage Facility project was the subject of public debate and numerous court proceedings. The applicant requested all documents and correspondence associated with the project from the Department of Environment and Climate Change (public body). In response, the public body informed the applicant that they would need to pay fees for the responsive records pursuant to s. 11 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) and requested a deposit to proceed with processing the request. The applicant asked the public body to waive the fees. The public body responded with a revised fee estimate and an updated deposit amount. The applicant remained unsatisfied with the public body's fee estimate and asked the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review the public body's decision. The Commissioner finds that although the matter is in the public interest, the public body properly exercised its discretion in its decision to not waive fees. As such, the Commissioner recommends that the public body reconfirm the fee estimate it issued to the applicant. Read more...

Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-09
 
An applicant asked Halifax Regional Police (HRP) for records related to a 1996 incident where dozens of crew members on the set of the movie Titanic ate food that was allegedly laced with a drug called phencyclidine or "angel dust". HRP withheld portions of the requested information under s. 472(1)(b) (intergovernmental affairs), ss. 475(1)(c) and (d) (law enforcement), and s. 480 (personal information) of Part XX of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The Commissioner finds that HRP was not authorized to withhold information under s. 472(1)(b) or ss. 475(1)(c) and (d) of the MGA. She finds that with personal identifers withheld, factual observations of third parties do not constitute their personal information and so cannot be withheld under s. 480. She also recommends that HRP continue to withhold the personal information of third parties. Read more...

Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-08
 
One of the most fundamental aspects of accountability and transparency is the right for the public to know what public bodies are spending public money on, and what they are receiving in return for that money. In this case, an applicant asked Build Nova Scotia (public body) for a land lease agreement between it and a private organization. The public body relied on s. 17(1)(d) (financial or economic interests) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) to withhold portions of the requested records. The Commissioner finds that the public body did not meet its burden of establishing that s. 17(1)(d) applies.
 
In addition, a third party objected to the release of the land lease agreement, claiming it should be withheld in full under s. 21(1) (confidential business information) of FOIPOP. The Commissioner finds that most of the information in the land lease agreement does not contain information that qualifies as commercial or financial information (s. 21(1)(a)(ii)). For those few portions that do qualify as financial or commercial information, once they were incorporated into the land lease agreement, those portions became information that is no longer "of a third party" and so cannot be withheld as confidential. The Commissioner recommends that the public body release the land lease agreement in full to the applicant. Read more...

Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 24-07
 
An applicant requested all audits, reports and analyses that were prepared by a third party for Acadia University (public body). The third party objected to the release of the responsive records, claiming they should be withheld in part or in full under s. 21(1) (confidential business information) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The public body decided to withhold the responsive records in full from the applicant. The applicant filed a request for review with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. The Commissioner finds that the public body's evidence falls short of establishing that s. 21 was properly applied to the withheld records and so recommends the records be released in full. Read more...

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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

Companion Reports:

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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...
 

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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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