Human Resources Legislative Update
Amendments to FIPPA/MFIPPA To Come Into Force January 1, 2016
Date: October 21, 2015
Schedule 6 of the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, which amends the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, has been proclaimed into force effective January 1, 2016.
Among other things, the amendments will:
- require institutions to ensure that reasonable measures are put into place for the preservation of records within the custody and control of the institution, in accordance with any recordkeeping or records retention requirements applicable to the institution;
- create a new offence in cases where a person alters, conceals or destroys, or causes any other person to do so, a record with the purpose of denying a right to access the record or the information in it; and
- in a prosecution for an offence under the statute, permit a court to take precautions to avoid the disclosure by the court or any person of certain specified information.