Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
July 24, 2017

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2017-018 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has released his Report A-2017-018 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A summary of the Report is included below.

To view the Report in its entirety, go to ATIPPA Access Reports at:
http://www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner External Link

Summary: The Applicant made a request to the Department of Finance for briefing materials relating to a specific borrowing program. The Department severed a large amount of information pursuant to section 29 (policy advice and recommendations) and section 35 (disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body) of the ATIPPA, 2015. The Department gave notice to the Third Party in relation to the remainder of the information. Following receipt of the Third Party’s response, the Department determined that the remainder of the information should be released. The Third Party complained to this Office, arguing that the information should be withheld in its entirety pursuant to sections 35 and 39 (business interests of a third party). The Third Party abandoned reliance on section 35 and the Commissioner found that the Third Party had not met the test in section 39. The Commissioner recommended that the requested information be disclosed.

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