Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
December 23, 2019

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2019-032 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael Harvey, has released his Report A-2019-032 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-2019-032
Report Date:December 20, 2019
Public Body:Memorial University
Summary: Memorial University (“Memorial”) received an access request for records relating to a written concern expressed under Memorial University’s Conflict of Interest Policy with respect to conflicts of interest in a named Department. Memorial provided records to the Applicant with minimal redactions under section 40 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (ATIPPA, 2015). The Complainant alleged that Memorial failed in its duty to assist under section 13 of ATIPPA, 2015 by failing to conduct a reasonable search for records. The Complainant further stated that Memorial had denied his request to examine a part of a record under subsection 20(1)(b) of ATIPPA, 2015. The Complainant further asserted that the estimate of cost provided by Memorial was unduly late in the access request process and he also requested the Commissioner to review and revise the costs charged. The Commissioner determined that Memorial had conducted a reasonable search for records and that the estimate of costs does not need to be revised.

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