June 14, 2013
As part of its commitment to increase accountability and transparency, the government is reviewing the province’s information access and privacy law. Public meetings will be held across the province beginning June 14. The consultation closes July 31.
May 1, 2013
The Access and Privacy Conference 2013, We Stand on Guard is on June 12-14, 2013 at the Edmonton Marriot River Cree Resort. The University of Alberta’s award-winning Access and Privacy Conference has workshops, presentations, panels, keynote speeches, and networking opportunities over three days. To check it out please visit the conference webpage.
February 15, 2013
The 2010/2011 Annual Report on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on December 21, 2012.
January 17, 2013
Due to increased demand an additional session of Introduction and Privacy has been added to the Training Calendar for February 5, 2013 in Edmonton.
January 16, 2013
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commisioner of Alberta will be hosting a 1/2 day Data Privacy Day on the morning of Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel, 10222 - 102 Street, Edmonton.
January 4, 2013
The FOIP Training Calendar for 2012-2013 is now available. The Edmonton courses begin in September and the Calgary courses begin in October. For course information, including dates and how to register, see the Instructor-Led Training page or download the Training Calendar (PDF).
July 13, 2012
The Access and Privacy Conference 2012 was held on June 13-15, 2012 at the Edmonton Marriot River Cree Resort. The Conference featured workshops, insightful keynote, and plenary speakers, such as Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton, Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and Gary Dickson, Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. Minister Bhullar of Service Alberta provided greetings to welcome delegates to the Conference. There were also interesting breakout sessions on a number of different topics. To check it out please visit the conference webpage.
September 27, 2011
The FOIP: Focus on Privacy interactive online course for employees of public bodies to increase basic awareness of Alberta's FOIP Act has been updated with improved content and some great new features. These features include a Certificate of Completion participants can print when they finish the course! An email can also be sent to the participant confirming their completion.
July 7, 2011
The FOIP Training Calendar for 2011-2012 is now available. The Edmonton courses begin in September and the Calgary courses begin in October. Courses are also scheduled for Red Deer in October. For course information, including dates and how to register, see the Instructor-Led Training page or download the Training Calendar (PDF).
February 1, 2011
Are you looking for an exciting and challenging career opportunity in the evolving field of access and privacy? Service Alberta, the ministry responsible for Alberta's FOIP and PIPA legislation, is recruiting two FOIP Access and Privacy Advisor positions. The closing date for submitting an application is February 9, 2011. To learn more about the positions, view the Position Profile. Apply online through the Government of Alberta Jobs Website and select Job ID 1003593.
January 21, 2011
Privacy professionals are invited to participate in a free Data Privacy Day session on January 28, 2011 in Edmonton. The session is being sponsored by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Deloitte, Service Alberta and the University of Alberta's Information Access and Protection of Privacy (IAPP) Program. As space is limited, please pre-register by calling 780-427-3893 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the event notice for details.
December 3, 2010
The 2009/2010 Annual Report (PDF) on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on December 2, 2010. Additional statistical information is provided as a supplement to the report.
November 16, 2010
On April 13, 2010, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta appointed the Standing Committee on Health as the all-party special committee to review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as required under section 97 of the Act. The Committee's report (PDF) on the review was tabled in the Alberta Legislature on November 15, 2010.
September 8, 2010
As of September 1, 2010, the Health Information Amendment Act, 2009 is in force. Key amendments include an expansion of the scope of the Health Information Act to include a broader category of health information and a change in who is designated as a "custodian" under the Act. Regulated members of health professions are now designated as custodians through Regulation. Custodians include physicians, pharmacists, optometrists, opticians, chiropractors, midwives, podiatrists and denturists. Dentists and dental hygienists will become custodians on March 1, 2011, and registered nurses on September 1, 2011. Public bodies that employ a health professional who is a "custodian" to a provide a "health service" will need to consider whether the amendments affect their operations. For more information, see the OIPC News Release and Guide.
July 23, 2010
Welcome to our newly redesigned website! The site has been updated and refreshed to include:
- The new Government of Alberta brand and visual identity;
- Improved access to the FOIP legislation and information resources;
- Feature buttons to quickly link you to current topics of interest; and
- A new “Share” toolbar so you can more easily bookmark pages, share our content on your favourite social networking sites, and e-mail pages to your contacts.
Your favourites and links to pages on our old website will now take you to the home page of our redesigned website. So please update your favourites.
We hope you enjoy the site and find the information you’re looking for.
July 5, 2010
June 4, 2010
The FOIP Training Calendar for 2010-11 is now available. The Edmonton courses begin in September and the Calgary courses begin in October. For course information, including dates and how to register, see the Instructor-Led Training page or download the Training Calendar (PDF).
The Legislative Assembly's all-party Standing Committee on Health is seeking public input on its review of the FOIP Act. See the Call for Written Submissions (PDF) notice for details. The submissions deadline is June 30, 2010.
April 22, 2010
FOIP News Issue No. 28 (PDF) is now available! FOIP News is an electronic newsletter that highlights news relating to Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This issue includes information on the review of the FOIP Act and an update on the amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act. It also includes a summary of recent OIPC Orders and Investigation Reports, and much more.
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta has appointed an all-party special committee to review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as required under section 97 of the Act. The committee must begin its review by July 1, 2010 and submit its report to the Assembly within one year. Visit the committee's website (external link) where information such as meeting dates and transcripts will be posted when that information becomes available.
February 24, 2010
The 2008/2009 Annual Report (PDF) on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on February 22, 2010. Additional statistical information is provided as a supplement to the report.
February 23, 2010
Six new entities created under the Alberta Research and Innovation Act have been designated as public bodies subject to the FOIP Act, effective February 3, 2010 (A.R. 8/2010). These entities are: Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, Alberta Research and Innovation Authority and Alberta Research and Innovation Committee.
January 15, 2010
The Access and Privacy 2010 conference will be held June 9-11, 2010 at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort. The conference program will feature workshops, insightful keynote and plenary speakers and breakout sessions on a number of different topics. For more information, visit the conference website (external link). Early bird pricing will be available until March 30, 2010.
January 13, 2010
Video-conferencing in Schools (PDF) is a new FOIP Discussion Paper that highlights how the protection of privacy provisions of the FOIP Act may apply to school activities involving video-conferencing.