Four years ago, freelancer Ann Rees revealed provincial freedom of information requests filed by the "media, anyone working for the Opposition, lobby groups, and others, who might use records to embarrass government" are automatically flagged as sensitive on a government-wide database. And "troublesome requesters are often identified by name and brought to the attention of the minister responsible, a breach of privacy protections in the Act." At the time, the office of the privacy and information and commissioner launched an investigation into the matter. And it's our understanding the office will finally be reporting out on that investigation before the end of the month.
April 10, 2008