Minister
Hon. Steve Kent

Hon. Steve Kent

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Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office
4th Floor, West Block
Confederation Building
P.O Box 8700 Station A
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-7072
Fax: (709) 729-2226
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The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office, of the Office of Public Engagement, oversees the implementation and coordination of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This legislation is designed to create a culture of openness and accountability in the public sector while protecting the personal information of citizens and commercially sensitive information of businesses.

It applies to all public bodies (defined in the ATIPP Act), including government departments, agencies, health boards, school boards and municipalities. The ATIPP Act does not apply to the private sector.

The purpose of the ATIPP Act is

  • to provide the public with the right of access to records; and
  • to protect the privacy of individuals whose personal information is collected, used and disclosed by public bodies.

The ATIPP Act came into force on January 17, 2005 with the exception of Part IV (protection of privacy provisions) of the Act. The protection of privacy provisions came into force on January 16, 2008. As required by the legislation, the ATIPP Act was reviewed in 2010. The Act was subsequently amended in 2012 and the new provisions came into force on June 27, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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