Privacy Act

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Interpretation of the Statistical Report

Environment Canada's Statistical Report on the Privacy Act is included in Appendix A of this Report, at page 8.

Between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, Environment Canada received 26 requests under the Privacy Act. Four (4) requests were carried forward from the 2010–2011 reporting period, for a total of 30 active requests in the 2010–2011 reporting period. In 2010–2011, a total of 23 requests were completed. Seven (7) were carried forward to the next reporting period. The 3 requests in the "Unable to Process" category were for information for which no records exist.

Trends

Environment Canada received 7 more requests under the Privacy Act in 2010–2011 than in 2010–2011; this represents an increase of 37% in the number of privacy requests received.

The following graph displays the number of requests under the Privacy Act received by Environment Canada from 2005–2006 to 2010–2011:

Requests Received Privacy Act 2005–2011

Requests Received Privacy Act 2005–2011

In addition, there was an increase of 147% in the number of pages reviewed as a result of the requests. The following graph shows the number of pages reviewed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing requests under the Privacy Act:

Pages Reviewed Privacy Act 2005–2011

Pages Reviewed Privacy Act 2005–2011

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 2010–2011.

Disclosure under Subsection 8(2)

Paragraphs 8(2)(e), (f), (g), and (m) permit the disclosure of personal investigation 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 2010–2011 reporting period.

Costs

In 2010–2011, the total cost of administering the Act was $89,300 for salary and $40,000 for administration (O and M), for a total of $129,300 in 2010–2011.

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