Government studying recommendations from review of access to information laws: Minister

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Felix Collins

The province continues to study the recommendations made in a review of its access to information laws

Justice Minister Felix Collins told a conference of privacy professionals this morning that government is still reviewing the 33 suggestions in a report on the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA).

The document was complied by government-appointed commissioner John Cummings and submitted to the province in late January.

“Generally speaking, the ATTIPA report made five recommendations related to policy, such as increased training for staff and improved information management,” Collins said.

“But the majority of the recommendations, 27 in fact, were related to legislative changes. These recommendations, in a general sense, provide guidance on (to put us) more in harmony with other jurisdictions.”

The act was proclaimed in 2005 and, by legislation, a review must begin within five years.

Cummings was appointed in March 2010. His mandate included public hearings and consultations with those impacted by the legislation.

Collins did not give a timeline on when government’s review of his submission would be completed.

The minister was speaking to the sixth annual Newfoundland and Labrador Access and Privacy Workshop.

For more on his address, see Tuesday’s Telegram.

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

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  • W McLean
    May 16, 2011 - 10:21

    Funny how they are moving ahead on their pre-ordained Orwellian "review" of Access to Information legislation, yet dragging their heels on the "whistleblower" bill that was promised for the first session of the House in 2008.