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Dec 06, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

HALIFAX - Today Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Catherine Tully, joined with all her federal and provincial colleagues to make a formal submission to the federal government's public consultation on Canada's national security framework.

The submission calls for effective oversight as well as reasonable and proportionate rules for investigating agencies.  The ability of the national security aparatus to intrude on on Nova Scotians' privacy is significant, and the call for effective safeguards can help protect Nova Scotians' privacy rights.

The submission underscores issues with significant implications for the privacy of Canadians, including the collection and use of metadata by national security agencies as well as law enforcement; encryption; and information sharing by government.  It also stresses the importance of transparency reporting and effective oversight, particularly for institutions not currently subject to expert review.  The full submission is available on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: http.www.priv.gc.ca/en 

Read the full submission here:  Consultation on Canada's National Security Framework  

Nov 23, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

November 23, 2016

Commissioner's investigation determines that faxing failures put sensitive mental health information at risk.

HALIFAX - Three separate breaches of sensitive mental health information have led Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Catherine Tully, to call for improvements in how the health system transmits personal health information.  In a new report issued today, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) examined three separate incidents in 2015 and 2016 in which mental health referral forms were mistakenly faxed to a private business.  The report draws attention to the obligations private practice physicians and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) have to ensure that personal health information in their control is transmitted carefully. Read more...

Read Investigation Report IR16-02

Nov 22, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

November 22, 2016

N.S. Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report about mental health information privacy breaches

HALIFAX - On Wednesday, November 23, at 10:00 a.m., Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia Catherine Tully will release an investigation report concerning the accidental disclosure of sensitive mental health information by fax.

The Commissioner launched an investigation after learning that mental health referral forms had been repeatedly faxed in error to a Bedford business. Read more...

Sep 27, 2016

For immediate release

September 27, 2016

Commissioner issues new instant messaging guide

HALIFAX - It is International Right to Know Week, and so Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Catherine Tully, has issued guidance to help ensure citizens continue to have a meaningful right to access government information.  

Smartphones, instant messaging and personal email accounts are offering government employees increasing flexibility to work from home and make decisions anywhere.  This can create confusion when citizens look to exercise their access to information rights for those same records.  Read more...

Instant Messaging and Personal Email Accounts Guide

Sep 26, 2016

For immediate release

September 26, 2016

Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner announces Right to Know Week Plans

HALIFAX - In celebration of Right to Know Week the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia has partnered with the Centre for Law and Democracy and the University of King's College School of Journalism to host a public panel discussion on how well Nova Scotia's access to information law is functioning.  Read more...

Right to Know Event Poster

Sep 22, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

September 22, 2016

Privacy regulators study finds Internet of Things shortfalls

HALIFAX - Six in ten Internet of Things devices don't properly tell customers how their personal information is being used, an international study has found.

The study, by 25 data protection regulators around the world, looked at devices like smart electricity meters, internet-connected thermostats and watches that monitor health, and considered how well companies communicate privacy matters to their customers.  Read more...

GPEN Privacy Sweep Backgrounder

Jun 28, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

June 28, 2016

HALIFAX - Official reporting suggests privacy breaches don't happen in Nova Scotia.  Meaningful privacy breach notification is critical to protecting citizens' privacy rights, but Nova Scotia's public sector access and privacy laws do not require notification.  Catherine Tully, Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia, has called for that to change in her office's 2015-2016 Annual Report, released today.  Read more...

Read the OIPC 2015-2016 Annual Report

Mar 01, 2016

Announcement

Information Commissioners call on governments to create a duty to document

March 1, 2016 - Canada's Information Commissioners have called on their respective governments to create a legislated duty requiring public entities to document matters related to their deliberations, actions and decisions.  Read more...

Link to Joint Resolution

Link to Backgrounder

Feb 23, 2016

Protecting and Promoting Canadians’ Privacy and Access Rights in Information Sharing Initiatives

February 23, 2016

CONTEXT

Governments at all levels are seeking to leverage technology, increase information sharing, integrate data and facilitate cross agency sharing of personal information to better serve citizens.  

At the same time, there is a concern that increased information sharing may result in more personal information being collected, used or disclosed with little public awareness.  Read more...

 

Feb 11, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2016

N.S. Information and Privacy Commissioner releases investigation report about disclosure of former cabine minister's personal information

HALIFAX - In an investigation report released today, Catherine Tully, Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner finds that the Office of the Premier was in violation of Nova Scotia's privacy law when the former Chief of Staff publicly disclosed personal information of a former cabinet minister.  The report recommends changes that will strengthen and modernize the Office of the Premier's privacy controls.   Read more...

Feb 10, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

February 10, 2016

N.S. Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report about disclosure of former cabine minister's personal information

HALIFAX - On Thursday February 11, at 10:00 a.m., Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia Catherine Tully will release an investigation report about the disclosure of a former cabinet minister's personal information by the Office of the Premier.  read more...

Sep 24, 2015

For immediate release

September 24, 2015

Halifax - Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner announces Right to Know Week plans

Monday, September 28, kicks off Right to Know Week in over 40 countries around the world.  Catherine Tully, Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia, joins them in recognizing this critical part of democratic government.  Read more...

Sep 01, 2015

For immediate release

September 1, 2015

NS access and privacy oversight has a new name, new handle.

Halifax – The FOIPOP Review Office is now the NS OIPC. And we’re tweeting!

In an effort to better reflect our roles and responsibilities, the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office will now be known as the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia.  Read more...

Jun 11, 2015

Review Officer releases 2014-2015 Annual Report 

Today Catherine Tully, Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer, released her office’s annual report for 2014-15. In the report, Tully describes a vision of a Nova Scotia government that actively discloses vital information, and that vigorously protects the privacy of its citizens.  Read more...

View the 2014-2015 Annual Report

May 12, 2015
New Time Extension Guidelines and Time Extension Request Form for Public Bodies
Apr 22, 2015
 
On April 22, 2015, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal released its decision in Nova Scotia (Public Prosecutions Service) v. FitzGerald Estate, 2015 NSCA 38.  
The Court of Appeal found that the judge erred in his interpretation and application of both the discretionary exemption dealing with prosecutorial discretion [s. 15(1)(f)], and the mandatory exemption that protects third party personal information from disclosure.  In addition, by importing the Stinchcombe disclosure rights into the FOIPOP Act, he committed palpable and overriding errors of fact.  
 
Mar 06, 2015

On March 4, 2015, Catherine Tully and other independent provincial and territorial prlvacy commissioners wrote to the Select Standing Committee on Public Safety. They expressed their deep concern about the far reaching implications of Bill C-51 (the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) for the fundamental rights of Canadians. Read the letter here.

Mar 02, 2015

A privacy breach occurs whenever there is unauthorized access to or collection, use, disclosure or disposal of personal information. Such activity is unauthorized if it occurs in contravention of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP), the Municipal Government Act Part XX (MGA) or the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA).  A guide for public bodies, municipalities and health custodians, is available in print and online below.

Key Steps to Responding to Privacy Breaches

Étapes à suivre en cas d'atteintes à la vie privée 

Feb 18, 2015

Canada’s privacy and personal information protection guardians are urging law enforcement agencies across the country to carefully consider the significant risks to privacy before equipping officers with body-worn cameras.

The federal Privacy Commissioner and privacy and personal information protection Ombudspersons and Commissioners in all provinces and territories have today launched a guidance document to help law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures governing the use of body-worn cameras.

The guidance calls on law enforcement agencies to evaluate whether the expected benefits outweigh the impact on privacy and personal information before introducing a body-worn camera program.

The guidance notes that a Privacy Impact Assessment, which can help identify and mitigate the potential risks to privacy and personal information, is a highly recommended best practice before launching a body-worn camera program. As well, law enforcement agencies can consult with data protection experts and undertake a pilot project before deploying the cameras broadly.

Other issues highlighted in the document include:

Public awareness: Law enforcement agencies should inform the public of any new body-worn camera program through local media and other outreach initiatives. As well, during recorded encounters, officers should be required to notify people of recording of images and sound whenever possible.

Guidance for the Use of Body-worn Cameras by Law Enforcement Authorities
Document d’orientation pour l’utilisation de caméras corporelles par les organismes chargées de voir au respect de la loi

Feb 03, 2015

Catherine Tully publishes an essential assessment tool for public bodies to ensure compliance with the privacy requirements set out in the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Click here: Privacy Impact Assessment of the Municipal Government Act 

 

Feb 02, 2015

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

 

Jan 28, 2015
Halifax – Today, data privacy authorities around the world are reminding citizens to take action to stay safe online. Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer, Catherine Tully, joins them in marking Data Privacy Day. 
 
Data Privacy Day is celebrated every January 28 around the world. Events around the day seek to raise awareness of the importance of valuing and protecting personal information and respecting privacy. 
 
Dec 11, 2014

FI-09-79

Report Release Date: December 11, 2014

Summary:  An applicant requested correction of three risk assessments and an investigation summary created by the Department of Community Services (the “Department”).  The Department refused to make the corrections stating that its case notes were accurate.  Instead, the Department annotated the file by placing a copy of the applicant’s request and its response on the applicant’s files and by placing a notation in its case management system.  

The Review Officer found that the Department properly refused to make the requested corrections as the requested changes are not corrections of personal information as contemplated by s. 25(1) of the Act.  The Review Officer also found that the Department’s response to the applicant was confusing as it references the accuracy of case notes and not that of the three risk assessments and investigation summary to which the applicant sought correction.

The Review Officer recommended that the Department confirm the basis for its decision as the findings relating to the three risk assessments and one investigation report; ensure that a copy of the original request for correction and the Department’s response is placed on any hard copy file containing the disputed reports; and amend the notation in the case management system indicating that there was a dispute as to the accuracy of the three risk assessments and the investigation summary and identifying the location of the correction request.
Nov 28, 2014

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.

Nov 27, 2014
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. 
Nov 14, 2014

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
Oct 29, 2014
Statement of the Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada on National Security and Law Enforcement Measures
 
OTTAWA – Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer today joined with her Privacy and Information Commissioner colleagues at their annual meeting to note with sadness last week’s events in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and in Ottawa, Ontario. She, and all of Canada’s Privacy and Information Commissioners, join their voices to the thousands of Canadians in expressing their condolences to the grieving families and friends of the fallen whose duty it was to defend our rights and freedoms.
 
To that end, the Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada call on the federal Government...
 
Oct 17, 2014
 
Report Release Date:  October 17, 2014
 
Summary:  The Applicant sought access to a Community Services child protection file regarding his completion of two courses.  Community Services was unable to locate a physical protection file but provided the Applicant with case notes from its case management system.  The Review Officer found that Community Services met its duty to assist the Applicant when it conducted a second search, identified the business area searched and individuals who conducted the search, and provided some explanation for why the record did not exist.  The Review Officer also found Community Services’ offer to meet with the Applicant about its process consistent with the duty to assist and recommended that Community Services take no further action in this matter.
 
Statutes Considered: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (NS), s. 7(1)(a); Access to Information Act, s. 4(2.1); Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act  (BC), s. 6(1); Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba), s. 9; Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta), s. 10(1).
 
Other Sources: Order 00-32, 2000 CanLII 14397 (BC IPC); Order PO-3386, 2014 CanLII 50833 (ON IPC); Interim Order MO-2581, 2010 CanLII 76935 (ON IPC); Donham v. Nova Scotia (Community Services) 2012 NSSC 384.
Sep 22, 2014
September 28, 2014 is International Right to Know Day.  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Worldwide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.

 

Jul 08, 2014

New FOIPOP Review Officer Appointed

Catherine Tully of Ottawa has been appointed Nova Scotia's new Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer.

Ms. Tully will oversee how provincial and municipal governments, school boards, universities, community colleges and hospitals protect the privacy of Nova Scotians and respond to request for access to information.

Read full News Release here

Feb 21, 2014
On February 21, 2014, the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office received the Department of Community Services’ response to the Review Officer’s special review report. The special report made recommendations relating to five separate requests made by former foster children for access to information about their time in care.
 
The special report and Community Services’ response to it does not close the five separate files, which will now return to the Review Office’s regular process. While these files are proceeding through the review process, the Review Office will keep confidential its further discussions with Community Services.
 
January 21, 2014 Special Report
January 23, 2014 Press Release
Jan 31, 2014

Message from Dulcie McCallum, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer

On January 17, 2014, I was advised by the government of Nova Scotia that it had elected not to offer me reappointment for another term as the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy [“FOIPOP”] Review Officer which was an option available to it under the statute.  Therefore I am announcing my departure from my position as Nova Scotia’s FOIPOP Review Officer is effective Tuesday February 4, 2014. 

I was honoured to be appointed in 2007 as the first female FOIPOP Review Officer for Nova Scotia and in 2009 as Nova Scotia's first Privacy Review Officer.  During my term, the oversight role of FOIPOP Review Officer was significantly expanded to include privacy under the Privacy Review Officer Act and access and privacy under the Personal Health Information Act.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my seven year tenure in this position particularly having the support and collaboration of my Federal/ Provincial/ Territorial Access and Privacy Commissioner colleagues and being part of the effective and vibrant team at the FOIPOP Review Office. 

I am most proud of how much our small team of only six people has accomplished over the past seven years: tabled six Annual Reports with the House of Assembly to which the FOIPOP Review Officer reports, received over 8,500 inquiries, opened 716 Reviews, closed 521 investigations, 314 of which were informally resolved or mediated, issued 62 public and private Review Reports, built up a body of best practices and hosted the 2012 Annual Summit of the Canadian Access and Privacy Commissioners for the first time in Nova Scotia. 

My Director Ms. Carmen Stuart will be appointed as Acting FOIPOP Review Officer effective February 5, 2014.  I am confident she will meet this challenge while a search is conducted for the new FOIPOP Review Officer.  I trust that my team and I were able to effectively serve the access and privacy interests of Nova Scotians during this seven year period.  In particular, the applicants who entrusted us with their Requests for Review and the public bodies, municipalities and health custodians who worked with my office to diligently protect the rights of access and privacy.  Thank you for being given the opportunity to make a contribution to Nova Scotia’s public service.

Dec 09, 2013

Today the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer, Dulcie McCallum released to the public Review Report FI-13-19.  This Review Report was issued to Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Trust Fund  on December 2, 2013.  Click here to view the News Release.

Oct 09, 2013

News Release - Canada’s access to information and privacy guardians urge government to modernize laws  English Français

Modernizing Access and Privacy Laws for the 21st Century - Resolution of Canada's Privacy Commissioners and Privacy Oversight Officials English Français 

Sep 23, 2013

September 28, 2013 is International Right to Know Day.  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.

The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Worldwide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.

Visit the Right to Know page for more details on how the Review Office is celebrating.
 

Jul 24, 2013

News Release
Today the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer, Dulcie McCallum released to the public Own-Motion Privacy Review Report P-12-05: What’s Driving Privacy in Nova Scotia?  This Privacy Review Report was issued to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations on July 17, 2013.  Click here to view the News Release.

May 31, 2013
Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer's 2011 Annual Report was tabled in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on April 18, 2013.
 
This marks the third year for the Annual Report to be distributed electronically other than those copies provided to the House of Assembly.  This has been done to fulfill the Review Office’s commitments to reducing spending, providing readily accessible information at no cost to the public and to environmental sustain ability.
 
English and French copies  of the Report can be found  at http://www.foipop.ns.ca/annual-reports

 

Dec 07, 2012
Review Report  FI-12-70 - Community Services accepts Review Officer's Recommendations
Sep 25, 2012
Review Report FI-11-43 - Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations responds to Review Officer's Recommendations
Sep 24, 2012
September 28, 2012 is International Right to Know Day.  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Worldwide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.
 
Visit the Right to Know page for more details on how the Review Office is celebrating.
May 09, 2012
Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer's 2011 Annual Report was tabled in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on May 9, 2012.
 
This marks the second year for the Annual Report to be distributed electronically other than those copies provided to the House of Assembly.  This has been done to fulfill the Review Office’s commitments to reducing spending, providing readily accessible information at no cost to the public and to environmental sustain ability.
 
English and French copies  of the Report can be found  at http://www.foipop.ns.ca/annual-reports
Feb 16, 2012
In keeping with the goal of promoting an integrated and cooperative approach for all Canadian commissioners, the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer will be hosing the first official meeting in Nova Scotia of the annual federal/provincial/territorial access and privacy Commissioners/Ombudsman.
 
The 2012 Annual Access and Privacy Commissioners' Summit will be held in Halifax from September 4 -7, 2012. This Summit is for access and privacy Commissioners/Ombudsman and not a public event.
Feb 05, 2012
The Nova Scotia government has extended the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer Dulcie McCallum's term to February 5, 2014. 
 
This extension encompasses the full seven year appointment contemplated by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for her first term as Nova Scotia's Review Officer.
 
Review Officer Dulcie McCallum looks forward to working with her staff to continue the important work in access to information and protection of privacy for the Province of Nova Scotia.
Jan 28, 2012
January 28, 2012 is Data Privacy Day. Canada and many other countries celebrate Data Privacy Day. Privacy is our shared responsibility. Check out the following links to find out more:
 
 
StaySafeOnline.org, National Cyber Security Alliance http://www.staysafeonline.org/dpd
Apr 01, 2011
2010 Annual Report Tabled
Today the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer's 2010 Annual Report was tabled in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.
This marks the first year for the Annual Report to be distributed electronically other than those copies provided to the House of Assembly. This has been done to fulfill the Review Office’s commitments to reducing spending, providing readily accessible information at no cost to the public and to environmental sustainability.
English and French copies of the Report can be found on our website at http://www.foipop.ns.ca/annual-reports
Jan 28, 2011
September 28, 2011 is International Right to Know Day.  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Canada-wide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.
 
The purpose of these events is to celebrate the right of Canadians, particularly Nova Scotians to access information in the possession, or under the control of public bodies as enshrined in freedom of information legislation.  Such legislation reinforces the accountability of governments by ensuring they operate with transparency and openness.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office will be hosting a contest open to all Canadians.  Contestants will be asked to complete a quiz testing their knowledge of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and its applicability to certain scenarios. The winning contestant will receive a $50 Tim Hortons Gift Card. 
Sep 01, 2010
Right to Know Week September 27 - October 1, 2010
 
September 28, 2010 is International Right to Know Day. In Nova Scotia, Premier Darrell Dexter has proclaimed the week of September 27 – October 1 Right to Know Week. There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Canada-wide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.
 
The purpose of these events is to celebrate the right of Canadians, particularly Nova Scotians to access information in the possession, or under the control of public bodies as enshrined in freedom of information legislation. Such legislation reinforces the accountability of governments by ensuring they operate with transparency and openness.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is supporting an event being held at the University of King’s College on September 28, 2010. Secrecy in Democracy – Freedom of Information in Nova Scotia 2010 will be the theme of this key Right to Know Week event.
The event will feature a presentation by King’s journalism professor Fred Vallance-Jones on the 2009-2010 Canadian Newspaper Association study on public sector freedom of information practices across Canada, as well as lively panel discussions involving journalists, politicians and public servants chaired by Darce Fardy, President of the Nova Scotia Right to Know Coalition. The panel discussions will focus on the state of public sector freedom of information practices and the public’s right to know under Nova Scotia’s current access to information legislation.
 
For more details, click here.
For more information about Right to Know events across Canada, visit www.righttoknow.ca
Sep 29, 2009
September 28, 2009 is International Right to Know Day.  In Nova Scotia, Premier Darrell Dexter has proclaimed the week of September 28 – October 2 Right to Know Week.  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Canada-wide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.
 
The purpose of these events is to celebrate the right of Canadians, particularly Nova Scotians to access information in the possession, or under the control of public bodies as enshrined in freedom of information legislation.  Such legislation reinforces the accountability of governments by ensuring they operate with transparency and openness.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office will be hosting a contest open to all Canadians.  Contestants will be asked to complete a quiz testing their knowledge of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and its applicability to certain scenarios.  The winning contestant will receive a portable DVD player and two access to information themed movies. 
 
The Right to Know Week Quiz will be available on our website on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 9:00 am.
Sep 25, 2009
Privacy Review Officer Appointed
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is pleased to announce a major development with respect to privacy in Nova Scotia.
 
Today, September 25, 2009, Nova Scotia joins all other Canadian provinces and territories in providing comprehensive privacy protections in the public sector for its citizens. Bill 234 passed the House of Assembly and was proclaimed An Act to Provide for a Privacy Review Officer. 
The incumbent Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer Ms. Dulcie McCallum was appointed the new Privacy Review Officer. The Privacy Review Officer Act in part stipulates the following powers for the Privacy Review Officer:
 
  • monitor how privacy provisions are administered and conduct reviews of privacy complaints arising from the privacy provisions;
  • initiate an investigation of privacy compliance if there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person has contravened or is about to contravene the privacy provisions and the subject matter of the review relates to the contravention;
  • make recommendations on and mediate privacy complaints;
  • undertake research matters concerning privacy legislation;
  • inform the public about this Act;
  • on the request of a public body, provide advice and comments on privacy;
  • a person who believes that his or her own personal information has been collected, used or disclosed in contravention of the privacy provisions may ask the Privacy Review Officer to review the matter;
  • the powers and duties of the Review Officer in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and related Regulations are referentially incorporated mutatis mutandis.

This new legislation makes the jurisdiction of the Review Officer clear with respect to privacy complaints regarding public bodies. The new Act strengthens the role with respect to privacy by enabling the Review Officer to initiate an investigation, to undertake research, to engage in public education and to provide advice to public bodies. Nova Scotia, which was the first province to introduce access to information legislation, has comprehensive privacy protections in place.

To view the Nova Scotia government press release regarding Ms. McCallum's most recent appointment, please go to http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20090925002
Jun 04, 2008
Privacy Advocates Express Concern About Child Privacy Online
Jun 04, 2008
Respecting Your Access and Privacy Rights - A Citizen's Guide for Nova Scotians
Feb 05, 2008
Enhanced Driver's Licenses Concern Canada's Privacy Guardians
Dec 01, 2007
This article was published in the December 2007 (1:3) issue of The Nova Scotia Policy Review (www.policyreview.ca) and is reproduced here with permission.
Oct 01, 2007
Right to Know Week October 1 - October 5, 2007
Premier Rodney MacDonald proclaims October 1 - October 5, 2007 Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia.  Click here to view the Proclamation.
 
September 28, 2007 is International Right to Know Day. In Canada, the week of October 01-05, 2007 has been designated as “Right to Know Week.”  There will be various activities in most provinces and at the national level during this week.
 
The Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office is participating in this Canada-wide effort to raise awareness of the right to access information and its value, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia.
 
The Review Office will be co-hosting events in conjunction with various libraries in Nova Scotia, as well as participating in an open forum with the Nova Scotia Right to Know Coalition.
 
The purpose of these events is to celebrate the right of Canadians, particularly Nova Scotians to access information in the possession, or under the control of public bodies as enshrined in freedom of information legislation.  Such legislation reinforces the accountability of governments by ensuring they operate with transparency and openness.
Sep 10, 2007

Time Extension Request Procedure, September 10, 2007

Jun 28, 2007
No-fly List Program - Call for suspension
Mar 29, 2007
Review Fee Eliminated
Feb 01, 2007
New FOIPOP Review Officer Appointed
Dulcie McCallum, former Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia, is Nova Scotia's new Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer.
 
Ms. McCallum received her law degree from the University of Victoria and has expertise in administrative and human rights law. Over the past 30 years, Ms. McCallum has held positions in private practice and in the public sector. She was Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia for seven years, until 1999. Since then, Ms. McCallum has worked for government and a number of organizations, including representative on the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations, to draft the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
 
Ms. McCallum will assume office on February 5, 2007

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

June 28, 2016

HALIFAX - Official reporting suggests privacy breaches don't happen in Nova Scotia.  Meaningful privacy breach notification is critical to protecting citizens' privacy rights, but Nova Scotia's public sector access and privacy laws do not require notification.  Catherine Tully, Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia, has called for that to change in her office's 2015-2016 Annual Report, released today.  Read more...

Read the OIPC 2015-2016 Annual Report