Provincial and municipal institutions in Ontario are permitted 30 days to respond to access requests. But does the same deadline apply to correction requests?
In Ontario, both the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) contain special provisions regarding labour and employment information which often have the effect of giving institutions the option (or in some cases, an obligation) to refuse to disclose such information to requestors.
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”
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”