Guide to FOIP-Chapter 1

Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. Guide to FOIP, Chapter 1, Purposes and Scope of FOIP. Updated 7 March 2023 15 Section 24: Personal Information FOIP applies to personal information recorded in any form in the possession or control of a government institution. To qualify as personal information, two elements must exist: 1. An identifiable individual 2. Information that is personal in nature Some examples of what could constitute personal information include: • 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. • Information about the individual’s educational, financial, employment or criminal history, including criminal records, whether or not a pardon has been given. • An identifying number, symbol or other particular assigned to the individual. • Anyone else’s opinions about the individual. • The individual’s name, home or business address or home or business telephone number. • The individual’s personal views or opinions, except if they are about someone else.30 For more information about what constitutes personal information, see the Guide to FOIP, Chapter 6, “Protection of Privacy”. FOIP Does Not Apply Application 3(1) This Act does not apply to: (a) published material or material that is available for purchase by the public; (b) material that is a matter of public record; or (c) material that is placed in the custody of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan by or on behalf of persons or organizations other than government institutions. 30 The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, SS 1990-91, c F-22.01 at subsection 24(1).