Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
Karen A. Rose
| J. Angus MacLean
180 Richmond Street
P.O. Box 2000
Tel: (902) 368-4099
DID YOU KNOW THAT . . .
On June 17, 2016, Commissioner Karen A. Rose issued Order No. FI-16-006, upholding the decision of the head of the Department of Justice and Public Safety to refuse access to information to an applicant pursuant to section 19 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as the information was supplied in confidence by extra-provincial governments who did not consent to its disclosure.
Section 19 gives a public body the ability to exercise its discretion in disclosing information; however, subsection 19(3) places a significant limitation on the public body, because without consent by the government body that provided the information, the public body's ability to exercise its discretion is removed.
The Commissioner found that section 19 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act properly applied to sever the content of email messages, but found that the email addresses and certain salutations severed from the emails were not properly withheld, as government email addresses of government employees would not be regarded by a reasonable person as confidential information, and is not information that meets the threshold of section 19.
The Access and Privacy Services Office is a section of the Justice Policy and Privacy Services Division of the Department of Justice and Public Safety of the Government of Prince Edward Island. It processes applications for access to information and provides government-wide policy advice and support regarding the operation of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ("FOIPP Act") and regulations, policies and procedures.
Contact the Provincial Manager, Kathryn Dickson, to submit requests for access to information from the provincial government and for assistance with the FOIPP Act.
Requests for information in the custody and control of certain public bodies are not processed through the Access and Privacy Services Office. The link below offers contact information of employees with these public bodies who may direct you on FOIPP matters:
Health PEI processes applications requesting access to your personal health information. The Health Privacy and Information Access webpage offers valuable details specific to health information. Contact Health PEI's Manager of Health Privacy and Information Access, Jeanne MacDougall, to submit requests for access to information from Health PEI, and for assistance with the FOIPP Act as it pertains to Health PEI and your personal health information.
You may request access to information by submitting a completed application form to the Access and Privacy Services Office or directly to a public body. In addition, you may now apply online at the following link: