Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2015-010 Released
December 14, 2015
The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ed Ring, has released his Report A-2015-010 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A summary of the Report is included below.
To view the Report in its entirety, please go to www.oipc.nl.ca/accessreports.htm
Summary: The Applicant requested from the Department of Justice and Public Safety all costs for the work of the Electoral Boundaries Commission, including itemized costs for each of the Hearings in costs per hour. The Department provided two records in response to the Applicant’s access request, however, the Applicant was not satisfied with the Department’s response and filed a complaint with this Office. Attempts to resolve this file were not successful due to the lack of response from the Department until the very end of the informal resolution period. The Commissioner found that the Department did not appropriately discharge its duty to assist the Applicant and that the Department did not fully participate in the informal resolution process with this Office during the investigation. The Commissioner recommended that the Department review section 13 (duty to assist applicant) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (“ATIPPA, 2015”) along with resources from the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office relating to the duty to assist. The Commissioner further recommended that the Department review the sections of the ATIPPA, 2015 relating to an investigation from this Office so that the Department is aware of the timelines and requirements of a public body during an investigation.
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