The Senate proposed giving the Federal Privacy Commissioner the ability to have access decisions certified by the Federal Court of Canada (thereby becoming legally enforceable) if the government ignores the initial decision or refuses to comply. The Senate also proposed banning the use of “code words” to describe individuals or government entities as a means of evading access-to-information requests.
Globe & Mail: Canada’s information czar says lack of stable funding ties her hands Jim Bronskill, May 1, 2019 Federal information commissioner Caroline Maynard warns that financial uncertainty is making it impossible for her office to set goals and maintain momentum. The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada handles complaints from Canadians who haveContinue reading “FOI In The News (May 8, 2019)”
CBC News: Overburdened public bodies seek fees, restrictions on freedom of information requests Ian Froese, April 11, 2019 In Manitoba, there is currently no charge to apply for access to records, and requestors are allotted two free hours for search and preparation time. As part of a review of Manitoba’s Freedom of Information and ProtectionContinue reading “FOI In The News (April 23, 2019)”
Can requestors specify whatever format they want? How should an institution respond to a request that specifies the format in which the requestor would like to receive the records? For example, an institution might receive a request for hundreds of pages of documents which are stored by the institution only in hard copy, but theContinue reading “Do institutions have to disclose electronic versions of records?”
What are Metadata and Hidden Data? Metadata Metadata refers to information “about” a record. For a Microsoft Word document, this could include information such as the author of the document, the date and time the document was created, the time spent editing the document, its length, its description, comments about the document, etc. For aContinue reading ““I thought we deleted that!” Metadata and Hidden Data”