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. 52 in the course of their official responsibilities and professional capacity. Other information severed were opinions and views of a contracted third party business related to a contract between the business and the City of Saskatoon. Again, the opinions and views were given in a professional capacity. The Commissioner recommended the information be released. In Investigation Report 034-2015, the Commissioner found that a complainant’s conversations recorded on a city bus qualified as the complainant’s personal information because the conversations included the complainant’s personal views and opinions. In Review Report 277-2016, the Commissioner found that an employee’s personal opinions made about a sporting event were the personal information of the employee’s pursuant to subsection 24(1)(f) of FOIP. It was a conversation between colleagues regarding a shared personal interest and did not relate to government business. In Review Report 258-2016, the Commissioner found that feedback employees provided to the employer that included descriptions of personal feelings and concerns outside of professional and official capacities was the personal information of the employees pursuant to subsection 24(1)(f) of FOIP. In Review Report 071-2017, 072-2017, and 073-2017, the Commissioner found that the information in some letters was the personal information of the authors of the letters pursuant to subsection 23(1)(f) of LA FOIP. This included their work history and descriptions of the impacts a workplace issue had upon them personally. In Review Report 139-2017, the Commissioner found that a witness statement contained mostly factual information about what a witness saw on the way to work the morning of a bomb threat. The Commissioner viewed the information as observation material and not opinions or views of a personal nature. Subsection 24(1)(g) Interpretation 24(1) Subject to subsections (1.1) and (2), “personal information” means personal information about an identifiable individual that is recorded in any form, and includes: … (g) correspondence sent to a government institution by the individual that is implicitly or explicitly of a private or confidential nature, and replies to the correspondence that would reveal the content of the original correspondence, except where the