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In Alberta each government department is required to have a directory of personal information banks (PIBs) and make it available to the public. A personal information bank lists the type of personal information held by a public body. A personal information bank does not provide direct access to an individual’s records. For further information check out this page.
This site contains a variety of information pertaining to the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, the Health Information Act (HIA), the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the Access to Motor Vehicle Information Regulation (AMVIR) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC). The site also provides access to Commissioner’s Orders, Investigation Reports and other publications from the Office. The "Contact Us" section offers information about how to initiate a review or investigation under any of these Acts.
Depending on the specific situation, there are several different pieces of privacy legislation that may apply in Alberta. This pamphlet by Student Legal Services of Edmonton looks at the general types of rights covered under FOIP and PIPA, but the exact rules under each may vary.
The Office of the Information Commissioner investigates complaints about federal institutions’ handling of access requests. The Information Commissioner has strong investigative powers to assist in mediating between dissatisfied information applicants and government institutions. As an ombudsperson, the Commissioner may not order a complaint to be resolved in a particular way, and may refer a case to the Federal Court for resolution.
The Commissioner is an advocate for the privacy rights of Canadians and her powers include: Investigating complaints, conducting audits and pursuing court action under two federal laws - Privacy Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA); Publicly reporting on the personal information-handling practices of public and private sector organizations; Supporting, undertaking and publishing research into privacy issues; and Promoting public awareness and understanding of privacy issues.
CAPP is Canada’s leading national association that is dedicated to the professional development of Privacy and Access Professionals in both the private and public sectors. CAPAPA is an independent and non-profit NGO that takes a leading role in advancing and increasing awareness of privacy and information access in Canada.