IPC - Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario | What's New http://www.ipc.on.ca en-us Blog: Disclosing Disciplinary Action http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=383 <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000>It goes without saying that we take the protection of privacy very seriously. It is, after all, one of the primary reasons why our office exists. On the other hand, we also believe very much in the importance of transparency and accountability. Inevitably, there are situations when privacy and transparency/accountability must be balanced.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000>In particular, there have been cases where health professionals have accessed patient records without consent, and in breach of health privacy legislation. This leads to the question of how much the affected individuals should be told about what happened and who was involved. While health care organizations may apologize and assure an affected individual that “disciplinary action” has been taken, it is not enough.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT color=#000000><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'">Health care organizations </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'">may understandably be reluctant to provide such details, and the old standby of “standard practice” is not an acceptable reason. In fact, we have stated in the past that an individual whose privacy has been breached should be told who accessed their records and the details of any disciplinary action.</SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><S><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: red"><SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: none"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000></FONT></SPAN></S></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000>This level of transparency is necessary for a few reasons. First, accessing records without authorization can seriously jeopardize an individual’s privacy and security. Individuals should be given a complete account of what happened so they can take any remedial steps to protect themselves, if necessary. Secondly, the individual should be able to make an informed decision on whether the health care organization has responded adequately to the breach. Third, for others who work with health records, knowing that the details of a disciplinary action will be disclosed can serve as a strong deterrent. Additionally, for some individuals there can be no sense of resolution and closure unless all of the details are disclosed. Being told that “everything is okay” is a small comfort when intimate details of your life may have been exposed to strangers.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000></FONT></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#000000>Given the seriousness of a privacy breach, our office will weigh heavily in the interests of the individual whose privacy was violated. The burden of complying with provincial health legislation is the responsibility of the health care provider, not the patient.</FONT></SPAN></P> </SPAN> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT How to File a Freedom of Information Request http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=382 <SPAN style="COLOR: #1f497d"><FONT face=Calibri>You have the right to request access to recorded information held by institutions. <BR> Filing a freedom of information request is easy.&nbsp;<FONT color=#1f497d face=Calibri>Here are the three steps:</FONT><BR> &nbsp; <IMG style="WIDTH: 333px; HEIGHT: 607px" alt="" src="/site_images/Filing%20an%20FOI-.png" width=681 height=1099></FONT></SPAN> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Minister of Health moves forward with all IPC recommendations for PHIPA amendments http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=380 <P><SPAN><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">June 10, 2015 – Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced in a </FONT><A href="http://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2015/6/ontario-to-introduce-new-measures-to-protect-patient-privacy.html#_ga=1.225567698.978699374.1332879082"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" color=#0000ff>statement</FONT></A><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> that the government would move forward with all of the IPC’s recommendations for</FONT> </FONT></FONT></SPAN><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">amendments to the <I>Personal Health Information Protection Act.</I></FONT></FONT></SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"></FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" color=#0000ff><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><A href="http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/12/changes-to-ontarios-health-privacy-laws-deserve-wide-support-editorial.html"><FONT color=#0000ff>Toronto Star Editorial: Support This Reform</FONT></A><A href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontario-to-double-fines-for-medical-privacy-breaches-make-prosecution-easier-1.3108047"></SPAN><BR> <BR> <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"></A><A href="http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2015/06/10/province-introduces-privacy-legislation-for-healthcare-data.html"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" color=#0000ff>Toronto Star</FONT></A><BR> <BR> <A href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontario-to-double-fines-for-medical-privacy-breaches-make-prosecution-easier-1.3108047"></SPAN>CBC</FONT></A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"></FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><A href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-health-minister-to-table-bill-strengthening-patient-privacy/article24903364/"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" color=#0000ff>Globe and Mail</FONT></A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"></FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><A href="http://www.torontosun.com/2015/06/10/fines-to-double-for-medical-privacy-breaches-hoskins"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" color=#0000ff>Toronto Sun</FONT></A></SPAN></P> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Letter to the Treasury Board on the Draft Open Data Directive http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=379 <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT size=2 face=Calibri><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"></FONT><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt" face=Arial>In this letter to the Deputy Minister Greg Orencsak, Treasury Board/Secretary of Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet, the Commissioner congratulates the government for the release of the draft </FONT><A href="http://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2015/05/ontario-releases-open-data-directive-for-public-feedback.html"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt" color=#4e707e face=Arial><STRONG>Open Data directive</STRONG></FONT></A></FONT><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> </FONT>and offers his recommendations on the best ways to move forward on the Open Government initiative. <BR> <BR> His recommendations include: <BR> &#8226; Ensuring the protection of personal information is explicitly highlighted when opening <BR> &nbsp; new data sets. <BR> &#8226; Requiring de-identified data to be periodically reviewed so that it cannot be linked to individuals. <BR> &#8226; Direction on how to further open up access to the government procurement process and <BR> &nbsp; disclosure of contracts. <BR> &#8226; Requiring that descriptions of data sets are accessible and understandable to the public. <BR> <BR> The Open Data directive follows the </FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT><A href="http://www.ontario.ca/document/open-default-new-way-forward-ontario"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt" color=#4e707e face=Arial><STRONG>recommendations</STRONG></FONT></A><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt" face=Arial><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> </FONT>of the Open Government Engagement Team.</FONT></FONT></FONT> </FONT></FONT></FONT><BR> </SPAN></FONT></P> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT IPC Annual Report: Charting a Course for the Future http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=376 <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN>Ontarians expect their governments and broader public sector organizations to embrace new technologies for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services.&nbsp; These technologies can be implemented in a way that will increase transparency, protect personal information, strengthen security and provide benefits for individuals and society. In his first annual report since becoming Commissioner, Brian Beamish expresses his support for the adoption of new tools and offers assistance to Ontario institutions to ensure privacy protection and compliance with the law.<BR> <BR> </SPAN><SPAN>In <A href="http://bit.ly/1HGU5F8"><FONT color=#0000ff>Charting a Course for the Future</FONT></A>, the Commissioner examines the use of new technologies in programs being implemented across the province, such as electronic health records and body-worn cameras. He also recognizes the enormous possibilities and benefits of Open Government.</SPAN></P> Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Planning for Success: A Guide to PIAs http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=375 <SPAN style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; WIDOWS: 1; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; LETTER-SPACING: normal; FONT: 11px Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; COLOR: rgb(105,105,105); WORD-SPACING: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px">Ontario public sector institutions must meet high standards of care and trust whenever collecting, using and disclosing personal and other sensitive information. Any public institution considering new information technologies, systems, and program services which may affect privacy are strongly encouraged to complete a privacy impact assessment (PIA).&nbsp;<BR> <BR> </SPAN><SPAN style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; WIDOWS: 1; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; LETTER-SPACING: normal; DISPLAY: inline !important; FONT: 11px Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; FLOAT: none; COLOR: rgb(105,105,105); WORD-SPACING: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px">The IPC’s new guide, <A href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/english/Resources/Discussion-Papers/Discussion-Papers-Summary/?id=1502">Planning for Success</A> provides institutions with step-by-step advice on how to carry out a PIA from beginning to end.&nbsp; </SPAN> Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Commissioner interviewed by St. Catharines Standard on police use of body-worn cameras http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=374 <SPAN><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">The Commissioner was interviewed by the&nbsp;</FONT><A href="http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2015/05/06/cop-body-cams-open-privacy-issues"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#0000ff>St. Catharines Standard</FONT></A><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"> at our </FONT><A href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=369"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" color=#0000ff>Reaching Out to Ontario</FONT></A><FONT face=Calibri><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt" face=Arial> event at Brock University on the issues regarding privacy and police use of body-worn cameras.</FONT></FONT></FONT></SPAN> Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT IPC Orders City of Markham to Reconsider Release of Documents http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=373 As covered in this past weekend’s <A href="http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/04/05/markham-ordered-to-reconsider-its-secrecy-on-failed-arena-project.html">Toronto Star</A>, the IPC has ordered the City of Markham to reconsider the disclosure of various reports pertaining to proposals for the construction of an arena. In&nbsp;two new interim Orders, <A href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/english/Decisions-and-Resolutions/Decisions-and-Resolutions-Summary/?id=9791">MO-3176-I</A> and <A href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/english/Decisions-and-Resolutions/Decisions-and-Resolutions-Summary/?id=9792">MO-3177-I</A>, Adjudicator Stella Ball ordered one record released and ordered the city to reconsider some of its discretionary exemption claims. Each decision sets out timelines for the City to respond to the IPC.&nbsp; Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Reaching Out to Ontario: Niagara Region http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=369 <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=3 width=550 align=center bgColor=#ffffff border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD style="FONT-SIZE: 24px; COLOR: #ffffff; LINE-HEIGHT: 28px" bgColor=#ffffff vAlign=top colSpan=8 align=center> <DIV align=center><A href="www.realprivacy.ca/index.php/international-privacy-day-symposium/" border="0"><IMG border=0 alt="" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/roto2015-niagara_invite.jpg" width=500 height=140></A></DIV> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=center><STRONG>May 6, 2015 - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.<BR> Brock University<BR> Academic South Block<BR> 500 Glenridge Ave., Saint Catharines</STRONG></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD style="COLOR: #000" height=200 vAlign=top colSpan=8 align=left> <P>Ontario's new Information and Privacy Commissioner is coming to the Niagara Region. <A style="COLOR: #488793" href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/About-The-Commissioner/" target=_blank>Brian Beamish</A> will be visiting Brock University on May 6, to engage with regional stakeholders and to talk about the trends and future direction of access to information and protection of privacy. There will also be two panel sessions. One will discuss the changing nature of access to government-held information and the evolution to a more transparent and accountable government, while the other examines the many challenges of protecting personal health information in electronic environments. Please join us and be part of the discussion about how we can build a better province where our privacy is protected and governments remain accountable. </P> <TABLE cellSpacing=5 cellPadding=5 width="100%" align=center bgColor=#c4e4e3 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top colSpan=3 align=center cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">Agenda</TD> </TR> <TR> </TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width="18%" align=left><STRONG>9:00 am</STRONG></TD> <TD vAlign=top width="82%" colSpan=2 align=left>Registration</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=left><STRONG>9:30 am</STRONG></TD> <TD vAlign=top colSpan=2 align=left>Presentation from the Commissioner </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top align=left><STRONG>10:00 -<BR> 11.00 am</STRONG></TD> <TD vAlign=top colSpan=2 align=left> <P>Concurrent panel sessions:</P> <OL type=A> <LI>Working towards a more transparent and accountable government <UL> <LI>David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner <LI>Sherry Liang, Assistant Commissioner <LI>Elsé Khoury, Manager of Information Services for Niagara Region</LI> </UL> <LI>Protecting personal health information in an electronic environment <UL> <LI>Manuela DiRe, Director of Legal Services <LI>Debra Grant, Director of Health Policy </LI> </UL> </LI> </OL> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P style="COLOR: #000; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><STRONG>EVENT DETAILS</STRONG><BR> <STRONG>Date: </STRONG>May 6, 2015<BR> <STRONG>Registration: </STRONG>9.00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.<BR> <STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., Saint Catharines (<A style="COLOR: #488793" href="https://maps.google.ca/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;gl=ca&amp;q=brock+university&amp;ei=UBgDVZG5EMP1ggSapoPIDg&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CHkQ_BIwDw&amp;output=classic&amp;dg=brw" target=_blank>Map</A>) - Academic South Block, Rooms AS203 &amp; AS204 (<A style="COLOR: #488793" href="http://www.brocku.ca/blogs/campus-map/?center_lat=43.1187668&amp;center_lng=-79.2512207&amp;open_post_id=149" target=_blank>Campus Map</A>)</P> <P>This event may be televised by TVCOGECO.<BR> <BR> There is no cost for the event, but we kindly ask that you RSVP. Please specify which session you would like to attend. </P> <TABLE style="COLOR: #000000" borderColor=#488793 height=59 cellSpacing=5 cellPadding=5 width="50%" align=center border=3> <TBODY> <TR> <TD style="COLOR: #000000; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #333" width="25%" align=center> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; TEXT-DECORATION: none; COLOR: #fff"><STRONG>RSVP</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD style="COLOR: #000000" width="25%" align=center><STRONG><A style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; COLOR: #488793" href="mailto:rsvp@ipc.on.ca?subject=Attending">Yes</A></STRONG></TD> <TD style="COLOR: #000000" width="25%" align=center><STRONG><A style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; COLOR: #488793" href="mailto:rsvp@ipc.on.ca?subject=Regrets">No</A></STRONG></TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <BR> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD bgColor=#004900 colSpan=8> <P style="COLOR: #fff"><STRONG>SPEAKERS</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=left><BR> <IMG border=0 alt="Brian Beamish" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/Brian-Beamish-web-sm.jpg" width=72 align=left height=108><STRONG>Brian Beamish, Commissioner </STRONG><BR> <BR> Brian Beamish first began his career at the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) in 1999, as Director of Policy and Compliance. This was followed by his appointment to Assistant Commissioner in 2005, where he directed the Tribunal Services Division - investigating privacy complaints and resolving access to information appeals. In addition to overseeing Tribunal, Acting Commissioner Beamish also served as an executive policy advisor, playing a key role in executing the mandate of the IPC and supporting several initiatives in the best interests of the public, such as bringing universities and hospitals under the <EM>Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act</EM> and ushering in the <EM>Personal Health Information Protection Act</EM>. Prior to joining the IPC, Brian held a number of positions within the Ontario Public Service, including with the Ministries of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services.<BR> <BR> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=left><IMG border=0 alt="David Goodis" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/David-Goodis-web.jpg" width=72 align=left height=108><STRONG>David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner</STRONG><BR> <BR> David Goodis is Assistant Commissioner (Policy &amp; Corporate Services) with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. David is a graduate of Western University's law school, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. David has represented the IPC in hearings before the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. David recently co-authored the 2015 <EM>Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts</EM>, and teaches Canadian administrative law to foreign-trained lawyers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. <BR> <BR> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=left><IMG border=0 alt="Sherry Liang" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/Sherry-Liang-web.jpg" width=72 align=left height=108><STRONG>Sherry Liang, Assistant Commissioner </STRONG><BR> <BR> Sherry Liang is Assistant Commissioner with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. In that capacity she is responsible for the Tribunal Services Department which investigates privacy and health information complaints and resolves access to information appeals. Before her appointment to this position Ms. Liang served in various capacities at the IPC and held appointments as a Vice-Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Grievance Settlement Board, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Ms. Liang has also been a Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Tribunal, practiced as an independent labour arbitrator and mediator, and was an Expert Advisor to Professor Harry Arthurs on the Federal Labour Standards Review Commission. Ms. Liang began her legal career in 1988 practising labour, administrative law and civil litigation at a Toronto law firm. She received a B.A. (Arts) from Queen's University, and her LL.B. and LL.M. (Administrative Law) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. <BR> <BR> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=left><IMG border=0 alt="Manuela Di Re" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/Manuela-DiRe-web.jpg" width=72 align=left height=108><STRONG>Manuela Di Re, Director of Legal Services and General Counsel </STRONG><BR> <BR> Manuela Di Re was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1998 and to the bar of the State of New York in 2000. Since her call to the bar of the Province of Ontario she has practised exclusively in the area of health law. She began her practice as associate counsel at McCarthy Tétrault providing advice and representation to physicians in claims for medical negligence, in complaints before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and in matters before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and other administrative tribunals. She then continued her practice as senior legal counsel to a board of health, an ambulance service and two long-term care homes. In January 2005, she joined the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and is currently the Director of Legal Services and General Counsel. <BR> <BR> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=left><IMG border=0 alt="Debra Grant" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/Debra-Grant-web.jpg" width=72 align=left height=108><STRONG>Debra Grant, Director of Health Policy </STRONG><BR> <BR> Debra Grant is the Director of Health Policy at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, the independent body that oversees the <EM>Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act</EM>, the <EM>Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act</EM>, and the <EM>Personal Health Information Protection Act</EM>. She graduated in 1991 with a Ph.D. in social psychology from York University and has a Master's Degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph. Since graduating, she has worked for the IPC conducting research and developing policies on access and privacy issues in relation to a wide variety of topics. She currently specializes in privacy issues in relation to the <EM>Personal Health Information Protection Act</EM>. <BR> <BR> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colSpan=8 align=left><IMG border=0 alt="Elsé Khoury" src="http://www.ipc.on.ca/site_images/Else-Khoury-web.jpg" width=72 align=left height=108><STRONG>Elsé Khoury, Manager, Information Services for Niagara Region<BR> </STRONG>&nbsp;<BR> Elsé Khoury is the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator for Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada. She is charged with ensuring privacy compliance and FOI accountability for a large, upper tier municipality with over 400,000 residents and 3,000 plus staff in areas as diverse as municipal planning, financial management, water treatment and public health. Elsé has been with Niagara Region since 2004, and in that time has helped to foster the growth and maturity of Niagara Region's privacy program. Elsé is responsible for a growing recognition of the risks associated with bad privacy practices, and recently received Niagara Region's Council endorsement for mandatory privacy training for all staff and elected officials, making Niagara Region a leader in municipal privacy compliance in Ontario. <BR> <BR> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Privacy Complaint Report MC13-67 http://www.ipc.on.ca/english/About-Us/Whats-New/Whats-New-Summary/?id=370 The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario received a complaint alleging that the City of Vaughan (the City) contravened the <EM>Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act </EM>(the <EM>Act</EM>) when making the complainant’s personal information available on the Internet in relation to a minor variance application made under the Planning <EM>Act</EM>. In response, this office opened a privacy complaint file to determine if the disclosure of the complainant’s personal information was in compliance with the <EM>Act</EM>.<BR> <BR> The Privacy Complaint Report concludes that the City’s decision to disclose the complainant’s personal information via the Internet is not in contravention of the <EM>Act</EM>. However, the Report recommends that the City consider implementing privacy protective measures that obscures this type of information from search engines and automated agents. (<A href="https://www.ipc.on.ca/english/Decisions-and-Resolutions/Decisions-and-Resolutions-Summary/?id=9784">Privacy Complaint Report&nbsp;MC13-67</A>) Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT