Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
October 9, 2019

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2019-027 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael Harvey, has released his Report A-2019-027 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, please go to www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner

Report:A-2019-027
Report Date:October 8, 2019
Public Body:The Town of Stephenville
Summary: The Town of Stephenville (the Town) received two requests from two different Applicants for all correspondence between the Town and a Third Party: 1) regarding [Numbered Legal Action] and its outcome; and 2) for the period between January 2017 and present. In accordance with section 19 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (ATIPPA, 2015) the Town notified the Third Party of its decision to release the records to the Applicants. The Third Party objected to the disclosure of records and filed two complaints with this Office. The Third Party argued that certain portions of the records met the three-part test under section 39 of ATIPPA, 2015 (Disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party) and therefore the records should not be disclosed by the Town. The Commissioner found that the Third Party did not meet the burden of proof and therefore the records may not be withheld under section 39, with the exception of bank account information on the cheque reproductions, which may be withheld.

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