Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office oversees the implementation and coordination of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This legislative regime is designed to create a culture of openness and accountability in the public sector.
It applies to all public bodies (defined in the Act), including government departments, agencies, health boards, school boards and municipalities. This Act does not apply to the private sector.
A key purpose of ATIPP is to protect the privacy of individuals whose personal information is held by public bodies. The protection of privacy provisions (Part IV) were proclaimed on January 16, 2008. This very important part of the ATIPPA will govern how public bodies collect, use and disclose personal information.
The key functions of the ATIPP Office include: