Guide to FOIP-Chapter 6

Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. Guide to FOIP, Chapter 6, Protection of Privacy. Updated 27 February 2023. 152 process, the government institution may want to consider notifying applicants that personal information will be collected from a variety of sources to determine eligibility. For example, this notice could be included in the application form for the program or service.459 IPC Findings In Investigation Report F-2012-002, the Commissioner investigated a complaint concerning the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The complaint concerned the disclosure of an individual’s personal information to a third party trucking company, specifically, that the individual had a claim with WCB. The Commissioner found that there was an unauthorized disclosure of the individual’s personal information by the WCB to the third party trucking company when it confirmed the individual had an active WCB claim. The Commissioner also found that during the conversation between WCB and the trucking company, WCB collected personal information about the individual indirectly without proper authority to do so under subsections 26(1)(e)(i) or (ii) of FOIP. Included in the Commissioner’s four recommendations was that WCB ensure its employees are instructed on the rules governing the collection of personal information. In Investigation Report 212-2016, the Commissioner investigated an alleged over-collection of personal information by the Ministry of Social Services (Social Services). The complainant alleged that Social Services asked personal questions relating to where funds from the Social Assistance Program had been spent. Social Services asserted that along with the application to the program, individuals must provide sufficient documentation in order to validate they meet the eligibility criteria for income assistance. The personal information was sought during an annual review where verification of information occurs and when an individual is not forthcoming with information, the next step is to verify information with third parties. The Commissioner found that Social Services had authority to collect the complainant’s personal information and that no over collection occurred. 459 Government of Manitoba, FIPPA for Public Bodies – Resource Manual, Chapter 6, Protection of Privacy at p. 6-79. Available at Chapter ( Accessed December 12, 2022.