So what does provincial freedom of information and privacy commissioner David Loukidelis think about government instructions to avoid putting confidential information in emails? Well, in an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Loukidelis explained those instructions don't violate any laws. "There's nothing legislated that, at this time, prevents this from happening. There's no duty to document legislation - such as you have in some of the U.S. states where, in reaction to some of their FOI laws, there were similar concerns about whether some things were being documented. So they passed legislation that define a set of actions or decisions that must be documented. And we don't have that here." But should we? Said Mr. Loukidelis, "It wouldn't be a cure-all. Because it would only (require documentation of) a certain set of actions or decisions...But it be a nice compliment to a modern approach to information management in government."
July 25, 2005