An introduction to Freedom Of Information

Up to this point I’ve written many articles on the “finer points” of responding to Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests.  But today I would like to present an article addressed to all of those people who are just starting out as an FOI professional – who might appreciate

Update: FOI Flowcharts have been sent (copies are still available)

If you requested a poster-sized printed copy of the FOI Flowchart, it has now been sent.  Keep an eye on your incoming mail, as the posters will be arriving shortly.  If you are an FOI professional in Ontario and you haven’t seen the FOI Flowchart yet, I suggest taking a look.  It is available forContinue reading “Update: FOI Flowcharts have been sent (copies are still available)”

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”

The FOI Request Process Poster

I’ve created a “flowchart” poster which describes the entire process of answering an FOI request for records under Ontario’s Freedom Of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) as well as under Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).