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2012-2013 Annual Report to Parliament - Privacy Act

Interpretation of the Statistical Report

Environment Canada’s Statistical Report on the Privacy Act is included in Appendix A.

Between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, Environment Canada received 29 requests under the Privacy Act. There were also 2 requests carried forward from the 2011–2012 reporting period, for a total of 31 active requests in the 2012–2013 reporting period. In 2012–2013, a total of 28 requests were completed. Three (3) requests were carried forward to the next reporting period, and there were 7 requests for information for which no records exist.

Trends

Environment Canada received 18 more requests under the Privacy Act in 2012–2013 than in the previous fiscal year; this represents an increase of 37.9% in the number of privacy requests received.

The following graph displays the number of requests under the Privacy Act received by Environment Canada from 2007–2008 to 2012–2013.

Privacy Requests Received Privacy Act 2007-2013

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The bar chart provides a visual representation of the number of privacy requests that were received by the ATIP Secretariat from the 2007-2008 fiscal year to the 2012-2013 fiscal year. During the 2007-2008 period, 29 requests were received; in 2008-2009, 33 requests were received; in 2009-2010, 19 requests were received; in 2010-2011, 26 requests were received; in 2011-2012, 11 requests were received; and in 2012-2013, 29 requests were received.

Environment Canada completed 28 requests under the Privacy Act in 2012–2013. The following graph displays the number of requests under the Privacy Act completed by Environment Canada from 2007–2008 to 2012–2013.

Prviacy Request Closed Privacy Act 2007-2013

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The bar chart provides a visual representation of the number of privacy requests that were closed by the ATIP Secretariat from the 2007-2008 fiscal year to the 2012-2013 fiscal year. During the 2007-2008 period, 22 requests were closed; in 2008-2009, 40 requests were closed; in 2009-2010, 19 requests were closed; in 2010-2011, 23 requests were closed; in 2011-2012, 16 requests were closed; and in 2012-2013, 28 requests were closed.

The following graph shows the number of pages reviewed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing requests under the Privacy Act from 2007–2008 to 2012–2013.

Privacy Requests Closed Privacy Act 2007-2013

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The bar chart provides a visual representation of the number of pages reviewed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing privacy requests under the Privacy Act from the 2007-2008 fiscal year to the 2012-2013 fiscal year. During the 2007-2008 period, 4,724 pages were reviewed; in 2008-2009, 25,304 pages were reviewed; in 2009-2010, 9,993 pages were reviewed; in 2010-2011, 24,658 pages were reviewed; in 2011-2012, 18,046 pages were reviewed; and in 2012-2013, 20,698 pages were reviewed.

Despite the increase in the number of pages reviewed in 2012–2013, there was a decrease (33.6%) in the amount of pages disclosed compared to the previous reporting period. The following graph shows the number of pages disclosed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing requests under the Privacy Act from 2007–2008 to 2012–2013.

Pages Disclosed Privacy Act 2007-2013

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The bar chart provides a visual representation of the number of pages disclosed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing privacy requests under the Privacy Act from the 2007-2008 fiscal year to the 2012-2013 fiscal year. During the 2007-2008 period, 3,116 pages were disclosed; in 2008-2009, 16,634 pages were disclosed; in 2009-2010, 5,640 pages were disclosed; in 2010-2011, 4,074 pages, were disclosed; in 2011-2012, 12,790 pages were disclosed; and in 2012-2013, 8,497 pages were disclosed.

Corrections

Subsection 12(2)(a) of the Privacy Act gives individuals a right to request a correction of personal information about them held by the federal government.

No corrections were requested or made in the 2012–2013 reporting period.

Disclosure under Subsection 8(2)

Paragraphs 8(2)(e), (f), (g), and (m) of the Privacy Act permit the disclosure of personal information to various investigative/regulatory bodies or to Members of Parliament, or if disclosure is in the public interest.

There were no disclosures under 8(2)(e), (f), (g), or (m) in the 2012–2013 reporting period.

Consultations

In 2012–2013, Environment Canada received 5 privacy consultations from other government institutions and organizations. All of the consultations were completed during the 2012–2013 reporting period. There were no privacy consultations outstanding from the previous reporting period and no privacy consultations were carried forward to the next reporting period.

Costs

In 2012–2013, the total cost of administering the Privacy Act was $138,921. This included $83,921 for salaries and $55,000 for goods and services ($40,000 for professional service contracts and $15,000 for other costs).

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