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Christmas Privacy Tips

With the holidays fast approaching, Nova Scotians are busily picking up gifts for everyone on their “nice” lists.  But when Santa’s sleigh comes straight from an online retailer, we need to take extra precautions to protect our data from fraud.  

With a little help from Santa’s elves, the Review Officer has put together a few tips to help keep online shopping safe.  Click here for your Christmas Shopping Privacy Tips.


Privacy Management Program:  At a Glance

Increasingly, citizens are concerned about what happens to their personal information held by government institutions. They worry about the use of their information in new and emerging technologies, how much they can trust government with their personal information, and the impact a privacy breach might have on them. Government institutions have legal, ethical and financial obligations to get privacy right.

Getting privacy right starts with a privacy management program. An effective privacy management program ensures that programs and services build in privacy protections from the start. This document provides an at-a-glance view to help Nova Scotia Public Bodies, Municipalities and health care custodians design and implement effective privacy management programs. Access the report here


Annual Report 2013 

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer for Nova Scotia released her Annual Report for 2013 today. A copy of the press release is available here and you can access the report here.


FOIPOP Review Officer Speaks at Conference

Review Officer Catherine Tully delivered a keynote address at the Maritime Connections: 2014 Access, Privacy, Security, Records Management & Health IM Conference. In her speech she discussed her background, the Nova Scotia Access and Privacy environment, and her approach and priorities.

You can view the whole speech here.

Report Release Date:  November 12, 2014

Summary: An applicant sought access to motor vehicle collision report data fields from a Service Nova Scotia vehicle collisions database. Service Nova Scotia denied access to the database stating that s. 4A(2)(l) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPOP Act”) prohibited disclosure of the information as it fell within the scope of s. 98(6) of the Motor Vehicle Act (“MVA”). The Review Officer found that s. 98(6) of the MVA prevails over the FOIPOP Act in this case by virtue of s. 4A(2)(l) of the FOIPOP Act and as a result, the access provisions of the FOIPOP Act do not apply to the requested records.

Report Release Date:  November 12, 2014

Summary: The applicant sought access to a Service Nova Scotia motor vehicle collisions database. Service Nova Scotia denied access to the database stating that s. 4A(2)(l) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPOP Act”) prohibited disclosure of the information as it fell within the scope of s. 98(6) of the Motor Vehicle Act (“MVA”). The Review Officer found that s. 98(6) of the MVA prevails over the FOIPOP Act in this case by virtue of s. 4A(2)(l) of the FOIPOP Act and as a result, the access provisions of the FOIPOP Act do not apply to the requested records.


Canada's Access to Information and Privacy Guardians Urge Governments to Better Protect and Promote Rights of Canadians in Digital Era

Halifax, November 14, 2014 – Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners from across the country are urging federal, provincial and territorial governments to review and modernize their information management practices.
 
In a joint resolution, Canada’s access to information and privacy guardians said the digital era has brought both tremendous opportunities and new challenges for access and privacy rights. Governments, they say, must show bold leadership now more than ever to ensure the continued relevance of access to information, while still vigilantly protecting the personal information of Canadians.
 
The resolution was endorsed during the recent annual meeting of Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.
 
 
For further information, contact:
Catherine Tully
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer
902-424-4684