Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
May 10, 2017

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner - Report A-2017-014 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has released his Report A-2017-014 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A summary of the Report is included below.

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Summary: The Applicant made a request to Memorial University for information relating to network services. Memorial decided to grant access to the records, but also decided to notify third parties, ultimately resulting in a complaint from one of the third parties which is the subject of this Report. In its complaint, the Third Party objected to the disclosure pursuant to section 39 of the ATIPPA, 2015 (disclosure harmful to the business interests of a third party). The Third Party also objected to the disclosure of signatures of its employees which were found on some of the records, on the basis that such a disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of privacy pursuant to section 40 (disclosure harmful to personal privacy). The Commissioner determined that neither section 39 nor section 40 applied, and recommended that the information be disclosed. The Commissioner also addressed Memorial’s decision to notify third parties despite having concluded that section 39 did not apply.

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Donovan Molloy, Q.C.
Information and Privacy Commissioner

2017 05 10                              10:15 a.m.