This appeal arises under section 50(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987, (the "Act") which enables the person who has made a request for access to information from a government institution covered by the Act to exercise a right of appeal to the Information and Privacy Commissioner from any decision made by the head of the institution in question with respect to the request. On July 27, 1989, the undersigned Inquiry Officer received from the Commissioner a delegation of the power to conduct inquiries and make Orders under the Act with respect to this appeal.
The present appeal arises in the following circumstances. Two formal requests, dated January 22, 1988, were made by an individual (the "requester") for access to certain kinds of information held by the Ministry of the Attorney General. The first request sought access to information in the following terms:
Any and all information retained by this Ministry on [the requester] in all information banks or records.
Your Ministry and others begun to collect information on me in March 1983 and without knowing the extent of your files and locations, it seems inappropriate to place the onus on me to identify where files might be retained, as some of the methods of collecting information were dubious.
However, areas where something might be retained are job competitions, employment history, payroll information, grievances and applications, medical information, Ombudsman/Human Rights Commission, performance management, investigator's reports, briefing notes, inquiries, letters, memos, correspondence, retention of newspaper articles and background material, OPP briefing notes, Deputy Minister and Minister briefing notes, etc.