How to ‘FOIP’ the OIPC (Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner)

I was introduced to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in September 2016 when I called to inquire about how to submit a privacy breach complaint. Since 2016, I have gotten to know the OIPC like a good friend.  However, as the majority of my dozen complaints against Alberta’s only health authority, Alberta…

Get Ready Edmonton for Screen-Free Week

What is Screen-Free Week? Get Ready Edmonton for Screen-Free Week!  Annually, children are invited to experiences beyond their personal devices to play and explore, even rediscover the joy  which can be found additional to ‘entertainment screens’. Entertainment screens are those used to play games, ‘Netflix and chill’, or just to scroll. During the first week…

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

Under the private sector law, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), it is virtually a requirement to have a CPO[i]. It is important for the corporation to know that this role is not window dressing. The role requires a privacy champion, an advocate who leads by example within their environment, someone who promotes…

Privacy of the Person – Privacy of the Communications

“Privacy is the interest that individuals have in sustaining a ‘personal space’, free from interference by other people and organizations”[i] and it’s “about the integrity of the individual”[ii]. These are broad working definitions of privacy which Roger Clarke has used for decades. If we agree that privacy is related to the individual who also has…

Information access principals are emerging in non-governmental sectors

Information access principals are emerging in non-governmental sectors

Describe how information access principals are emerging in non-governmental sectors. Once the public has lost trust in their government or in the non-governmental sector, it is difficult to restore stakeholder and investor confidence. Loss of trust can be accomplished in many ways, such as, poor access and privacy culture[i] at an organizational level. Information access…

Is the positioning of an ATIP professional in an institution important?

Is the positioning of an ATIP professional in an institution important?

Is the positioning of an ATIP professional in an institution important?   Why or why not? Indeed, the position of an ATIP professional[i] within an institution[ii] is important in both federal and provincial governance structures. Access to the institutional “head”, or major decision maker, through rank is a must. Too many layers of administration between…

I can relate to Robert Ellis Smith’s definition of privacy

I can relate to Robert Ellis Smith’s definition of privacy Specifically, the free from intrusion phrase, as he defined privacy as, “The desire by each of us for physical space where we can be free of interruption, intrusion, embarrassment or accountability, and the attempt to control the time and manner of disclosures of personal information…