The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario received a complaint alleging that the City of Vaughan (the City) contravened the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) when making the complainant’s personal information available on the Internet in relation to a minor variance application made under the Planning Act. 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 Act.
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 Act. However, the Report recommends that the City consider implementing privacy protective measures that obscures this type of information from search engines and automated agents. (Privacy Complaint Report MC13-67)