Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP)
Lethbridge College supports the right of the public to access information about the College and the right of individuals to the privacy of their personal information.
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act was introduced in the Alberta Legislature in the spring of 1994 following an extensive public consultation process by an all-party panel. The Act, which reflects the recommendations of the all-party panel and the input of Albertans, is seen as the cornerstone of an open, accessible and accountable government to the people of Alberta. It was proclaimed in force on October 1, 1995 for public bodies such as government departments, agencies, boards, commissions and other bodies made subject to its provisions by the FOIP Regulation.
When the Act was first introduced, a commitment was made to extend its scope to include local public bodies, such as schools, health authorities, post-secondary educational institutions and municipalities. The FOIP Act is effective for Alberta colleges as of September 1, 1999.
Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information or Part 1 of the Act, provides people with a right of access to records in the custody or control of a public body, including access to their own records, subject to specific exceptions. Lethbridge College is a public body under the Act.
Requesting Information from Lethbridge College
You do not have to file a formal request under FOIP to access any or all information about the College or about yourself. The FOIP Act is in addition to and does not replace existing procedures for access to information or records. It should be seen as an instrument of last resort.
A request for information that cannot be answered through existing procedures becomes a formal access request. A formal access request received anywhere on campus will be directed to the Lethbridge College Information and Privacy Coordinator
The Alberta Government has published the FOIP Guide on its website. This guide provides on overview of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the regulation made under the Act. This guide is written in a concise and easily readable format.
Protection of Privacy
In accordance with the FOIP Act, Lethbridge College advocates that each individual's personal information belongs to them and they have a right to privacy.
Protection of Privacy or Part 2 of the Act, establishes limitations to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Lethbridge College, to protect the privacy of individuals.
Definition of Personal Information
The FOIP Act states that personal information is:
- The individual's name, home or business address or home or business telephone number
- The individual's race, national or ethnic origin, colour or religious or political beliefs or associations
- The individual's age, sex, marital status or family status
- An identifying number, symbol or other particular assigned to the individual
- The individual's fingerprints, blood type or inheritable characteristics
- Information about the individual's health and health care history, including information about a physical or mental disability
- Information about the individual's educational, financial, employment or criminal history, including criminal records where a pardon has been given, anyone else's opinions about the individual
- The individual's personal views or opinions, except if they are about someone else.