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Information and Privacy Commissioner

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act received Royal Assent on June 1, 1994 and came into force on October 1, 1995.  The Office consists of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and approximately 21 staff.

The functions of the Information and Privacy Commissioner include:

  • Informing Albertans about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

  • Reviewing the freedom of information decisions of public bodies

  • Investigating how public bodies collect, use and disclose personal information to make sure that an individual's privacy is being protected

  • Conducting investigations of public bodies to ensure compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

  • Hearing comments from the public about how the Act is being administered

  • Researching anything affecting the achievement of the Act's purposes

  • Commenting on the privacy and information implications of proposed legislation and programs

  • Informing the head of a public body when applicants have not been adequately served

  • Giving advice and recommendations about the Act to heads of public bodies

  • Authorizing the collection of personal information from sources other than the individual the information is about

An annual report is submitted to the Legislative Assembly through the Speaker.

The Commissioner's decision is final.  However, an applicant for judicial review of the Commissioner's decision may be made to the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.

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