“Reasonable effort” to locate a record

Institutions should be aware of their obligation to undertake a “reasonable effort” to locate responsive records under s.24 of the Freedom Of Information And Protection Of Privacy Act and s.17 of the Municipal Freedom Of Information And Protection Of Privacy Act.

Patricia Kosseim assumes the role of Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner

Patricia Kosseim started her term as the new Privacy Commissioner of Ontario this week.  See her statement of introduction here:  Message from the Commissioner Patricia Kosseim. All the best to Patricia Kosseim in her new role. If you’d like to stay engaged with further updates and see pre-release previews and demos of the FOI AssistContinue reading “Patricia Kosseim assumes the role of Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner”

Can an institution consult a sample of affected persons rather than notifying everyone?

[A]n unidentified individual has filed an FOI request with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for the following information:

“List of all Ontario businesses with a Farm Business Registration. If possible I would like their FBR number as well, but at the very least, I just need the names of the businesses that are registered.”