Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
August 28, 2018

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2018-020 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has released his Report A-2018-020 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

To view the Report in its entirety, go to ATIPPA Privacy Reports at www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner

Report:A-2018-020
Report DateAugust 28, 2018
Public Body:Office of the Premier
Summary: The Complainant made a request to the Office of the Premier for access to all Blackberry messages (BBM or PINs) sent or received by senior staff during a five-day period. The Office of the Premier determined there were no responsive records, indicating that such messages are transitory in nature and subject to deletion. The Complainant made a complaint to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review whether a full search was completed by the Office of the Premier and whether the use of BBM messages is in compliance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (the “ATIPPA, 2015”). The Commissioner concluded that the Premier’s Office failed to fulfil its duty to assist, as imposed by section 13 of the ATIPPA, 2015. The Commissioner recommended improvements to the access to information process when responding to access requests involving BBM messages, PINs, or other forms of electronic text communications.

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2018 08 28                              2:20 p.m.