Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
March 13, 2017

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2017-009 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has released his Report A-2017-009 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 Privacy Reports at

Summary: The Applicant requested copies of correspondence from the Department of Health and Community Services between ambulance operators and the Department relating to the payment of wage subsidies. The Department gave notice to the Third Party and other affected third parties that it intended to disclose some of the information. The Third Party was the only ambulance operator to object to disclosure. After consulting with the Third Party, the Department severed some information pursuant to section 40 (disclosure harmful to personal privacy) of the ATIPPA, 2015 and determined that the remainder should be released. The Third Party complained to this Office, arguing that the information should be withheld pursuant to sections 3 (purpose), 21 (disregarding a request), 39 (business interests of a third party) and 40. The Commissioner found that the Third Party was not entitled to rely on sections 3, 21 or 40 and had not met the test for section 39. The Commissioner recommended that the requested information be disclosed.

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Media contact:
Donovan Molloy, Q.C.
Information and Privacy Commissioner

2017 03 13                              3:05 p.m.