To assist new Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Co-ordinators, we have compiled a basic web-based tool kit to help get you started. Freedom of Information refers to public access to records relating to activities of government, ranging from administrative and operations to legislation and policy. The underlying objective is open government. Protection of Privacy refers to the safeguarding of personal information held by government organizations, as well as the right of individuals to see their own personal information and have it corrected if necessary.
While your work with the IPC will mostly involve responding to appeals and privacy complaints, we have also included reference to materials on the role of the Co-ordinator as well as on the request stage of the freedom of information process.
Role of the Co-ordinator:
The Legislation and Interpretive Tools:
Protection of Privacy:
THERE'S MORE…ONCE YOU'VE GOT YOUR FEET WET!
You may want to check out the rest of our site - it offers a wealth of resources for Co-ordinators - everything from news releases to publications, presentations and other resources; in particular, the How Things Work section of our site provides a lot more detail about appeals and privacy complaints. And don't forget the Ministry of Government Services (MGS) site at http://www.mgs.gov.on.ca/, which offers, among other things, a comprehensive freedom of information manual.