Public bodies are held accountable for their information practices — FIPPA requires that public bodies protect personal information by making reasonable security arrangements against unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. This guide will also outline the steps necessary when requesting information from a public body, how to make a complaint, and will answer questions relating to how public bodies can store and disclose personal information. FIPPA does not, however, replace other more routine ways to get access to records or information of interest to you.
The Act ensures that public bodies are more accountable and open to the public. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act promotes the general principles that public body information should be available to the public and personal information respecting individuals held by government should not be improperly disclosed.
A "record" by definition in the Act includes "books, documents, maps, drawings, photographs, letters, vouchers, papers, and any other thing on which information is recorded or stored by graphic, electronic, mechanical or other means, but does not include a computer program or any other mechanism that produces records".
The Act also provides an appeal procedure involving an independent Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The general right of access to records is restricted by certain specified and limited exceptions. Examples of this include: Formal Requests A formal request for recorded information is a process to access records that are not routinely available.
Unlike routine requests, the formal request must be made in writing. Formal requests for records should be forwarded in writing by mail to:The Act should only be used by the public in cases where information is not available through the usual channels.
To make a formal Freedom of Information request you must complete an Access/Correction Request Form and remit a compulsory $ application fee payment.
Please pay careful attention to the detailed instructions on the form when completing. One of the conditions for the NDP's support was passage of Bill 34, legislation which would establish new freedom of information and privacy protection law, and which relied on the recommendations of the Williams Commission.
Bill 34 was originally introduced in July, and referred for public consultations between March and May Territorial extent: Province of Ontario.
This Act is current to October 31, See the Tables of Legislative Changes for this Act’s legislative history, including any changes not in force.
FAQs about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) from public bodies are available by attheheels.com from employees, about municipal elections. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions; Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission.
The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner is an independent regulator with combined oversight of information access, information privacy, and data protection.