Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
August 30, 2019

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2019-023 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael Harvey, has released his Report A-2019-023 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

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Report Date: August 29, 2019
Public Body:Memorial University
Summary: An Applicant made a request to Memorial University (“Memorial”) for records pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards Committee and included an itemized list of documents to which he was seeking access. The Applicant also provided a date range for his request. Memorial provided the Applicant with records but withheld some information pursuant to section 40(1) (disclosure harmful to personal privacy). Memorial advised the Applicant that there was no formal procedure for nominating Committee members, nor were there records responsive to the portion of the request concerning Committee members with a conflict of interest. The Applicant requested this Office review the redactions under section 40 and claimed that Memorial failed in its duty to assist him by not conducting a reasonable search. The Commissioner determined that Memorial had conducted a reasonable search for records. Further, he found that the exceptions pursuant to section 40 were properly applied.

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2019 08 30                              9:30 a.m.