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. 190 Purpose means the purpose for which personal information was obtained or compiled, the object to be attained or the thing intended to be done, e.g., the administration of a program, the provision of a service or other activity.546 The purpose of a collection means the reason(s) the personal information is needed and the use(s) that the government institution will make of the personal information.547 Use indicates internal utilization of personal information by a government institution and includes the sharing of the personal information in such a way that it remains under the control of the government institution.548 Consistent purpose is one that has a direct and reasonable connection to the original purpose and that is necessary for performing the statutory duties of, or for operating a legally authorized program of, the government institution that uses the personal information.549 A purpose is consistent and compatible where an individual might reasonably have expected the disclosure of the personal information at the time of collection. For example, disclosing the name and address of an individual to a courier company for the purpose of delivering a package would be considered a consistent purpose where the individual had requested new vehicle licence plates.550 Obtained means to acquire in any way; to get possession of; to procure; or to get a hold of by effort.551 546 British Columbia Government Services, FOIPPA Policy Definitions at Accessed April 23, 2020. 547 SK OIPC Investigation Report F-2012-001 at [62]. Originated from Service Alberta, FOIP Guidelines and Practices: 2009 Edition, Chapter 7, p 248. 548 First defined by SK OIPC in 2008-2009 Annual Report at p. 76. First cited in Investigation Report F2009-001 at [78]. Originates from Service Alberta, FOIP Guidelines and Practices: 2009 Edition, Chapter 7, p 261. 549 Service Alberta, FOIP Guidelines and Practices: 2009 Edition, Chapter 7, p. 261. 550 Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Information, Privacy and Archives, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Manual at p. 140. Available at Accessed July 8, 2020. 551 Originated from Campbell Black, Henry, 1990. Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group. Adopted by AB IPC in Order 2000-021 at [26]. Adopted in SK OIPC Review Report F-2006001 at [58] and [59]. Also, found in SK OIPC Review Report F-2006-002 at [39]. Definition is also found in SK OIPC resource, IPC Guide to FOIP, Chapter 4.