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2011-2012 - 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, 2011 and March 31, 2012, Environment Canada received 11 requests under the Privacy Act. There were also seven requests carried forward from the 2010-2011 reporting period, for a total of 18 active requests in the 2011-2012 reporting period. In 2011-2012, a total of 16 requests were completed. Two requests were carried forward to the next reporting period, and there were three requests for information for which no records exist.

Trends

Environment Canada received 15 fewer requests under the Privacy Act in 2011-2012 than in the previous fiscal year; this represents a decrease of 58% in the number of privacy requests received. The following graph displays the number of requests under the Privacy Act received by Environment Canada from 2006-2007 to 2011-2012:

Requests Received Privacy Act (2006-2012)

Environment Canada completed 16 requests under the Privacy Act in 2011-2012. The following graph displays the number of requests under the Privacy Act completed by Environment Canada from 2006-2007 to 2011-2012:

Requests Closed Privacy Act (2006-2012)

The following graph shows the number of pages reviewed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing requests under the Privacy Act from 2006-2007 to 2011-2012:

Pages Reviewed Privacy Act (2006-2012)

Despite the decrease in the number of pages reviewed in 2011-2012, there was an increase (314%) 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 2006-2007 to 2011-2012:

Pages Disclosed Privacy Act (2006-2012)

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 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 reporting period.

Consultations

In 2011-2012, Environment Canada received four privacy consultations from other government institutions and organizations. All of the consultations were completed during the 2011-2012 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 2011-2012, the total cost of administering the Privacy Act was $88,800. This included $63,800 for salaries and $25,000 for goods and services ($15,000 for professional service contracts and $10,000 for other costs).

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