Verifying the Identity of the Requestor

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Manual (the “FOI Manual”) notes that when a requestor asks an institution for the requestor’s own personal information, the institution must first verify the identity of the requestor before any personal information is disclosed.  The FOI Manual suggests that an institution may be able to fulfill theContinue reading “Verifying the Identity of the Requestor”

Exemptions vs. Exclusions: What is the difference?

Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and its Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) both provide members of the public with a general right of access to government information, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions.  But what is the difference between an “exemption” and an “exclusion”? InContinue reading “Exemptions vs. Exclusions: What is the difference?”

The 2018-2019 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts by David Goodis

The Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts by David Goodis is the go-to guide to Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) as well as to Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).  The 2018-2019 edition just came out this week and my copyContinue reading “The 2018-2019 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts by David Goodis”