April 11, 2014
The following is being distributed at the request of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Review Committee:
ATIPPA Review Committee Makes Call for Expressions of Interest
The independent committee reviewing the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, including recent amendments under Bill 29, is calling on individuals and groups to express their interest in making oral or written submissions.
Committee chair Clyde Wells emphasized this is a first step.
“Right now, we’re requesting only that people indicate their interest in making a presentation,” Wells said. “We will use that information to decide when and where to hold various types of public discussion, including the holding of public hearings.”
The committee held its first meetings this week, and is considering various ways to encourage public input.
“We want to get the widest possible range of views as we review the legislation,” said former journalist Doug Letto, “and in order to do that, we’re considering submissions through Skype and other social media, and through new technology.”
The review includes the privacy provisions of the Act. “This is a great opportunity for people to come forward and express their view on the state of privacy protection in the province,” said committee member Jennifer Stoddart, the former Privacy Commissioner for Canada.
Committee chair Clyde Wells will be available to talk to the media at 12 p.m. today (Friday, April 11) in the lobby at Scotia Centre, 235 Water Street, St. John’s.
The committee wants to hear from groups and individuals by May 12. The committee can be contacted by e-mail or by regular mail:
ATIPPA Review Committee
83 Thorburn Road
St. John’s, NL
2014 04 11 11:20 a.m.