The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is concerned with the use and disclosure of personal information.
Personal information means recorded information about an identifiable individual, including:
For the purposes of complying with FIPPA, personal information should be considered present in any record that contains, or may disclose through inference based on the record’s content or context, information about a specific identifiable person. Personal information may be present in a record that does not contain the name or identifying number of a person, given the context or small numbers involved. For example, a list of merely the grades assigned in a small class, may allow members of the class to infer which grade was received by another student.
Note: Employees of the university should note that the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has held that information associated with a person in a professional or employment capacity is not personal information and, therefore, not protected.