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Balancing Information Access and Privacy Protection
17 Jan, 2016

Balancing Information Access and Privacy Protection

Legislation that addresses information access and privacy protection (IAPP) must balance the expectation of individual privacy with a public need to access and use information. There is a fundamental tug-of-war between privacy protection and the right "to be let alone"...

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The Future of Information Access and Privacy Protection in a Changing Canada
19 Dec, 2016

The Future of Information Access and Privacy Protection in a Changing Canada

While the notions of privacy and secrecy, and the counterpoints of access and curiosity, have existed for a long time, their formalization from general concepts is still early in the journey towards comprehensive legislation. Definitions such as a “…physical space where we can be free of interruption, intrusion, embarrassment or accountability, and the attempt to control the time and manner of disclosures of personal information...

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Tools for IAPP Administrators
12 Dec, 2016

Tools for IAPP Administrators

A key tool to help administrators implement and apply Information Access and Privacy Protection (IAPP) polices is the collection of guides and manuals published by the jurisdiction under which the applicable legislation has been enacted.

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Individual Rights and Privacy Legislation
13 Oct, 2016

Individual Rights and Privacy Legislation

The overall purpose of privacy legislation is to allow an individual to define their own "information identity". This means that with minimal exceptions, the individual controls what information is collected about them, how the information is used, have opportunity to review personal information in the care of a third party and maintain the right to challenge the veracity of collected personal information.

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Key Elements of Statutory Interpretation
06 Oct, 2016

Key Elements of Statutory Interpretation

Bills passed by the legislature define obligations and requirements that are imposed on society, but these laws may be ambiguous in specific situations. Statutory Interpretation is the process by which a court determines the meaning of a statute and attempts to resolve ambiguity in applying the law.

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Access vs. Privacy: Fundamental Premises of Information Legislation
22 Sep, 2016

Access vs. Privacy: Fundamental Premises of Information Legislation

Legislation addressing Access to Information must navigate a narrow path amongst diverse principles and goals. There is a fundamental tug-of-war between privacy protection and the right "to be let alone" with access to information in support of the "right to know".

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