5 key principles of FOIP

There are five key principles to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. They are:

  1. To allow access to any person to the records in the custody or control of a public body subject only to limited and specific exceptions.
  2. To control the manner in which a public body may collect personal information; to control the use that a public body may make of that information; and to control the disclosure by a public body of that information.
  3. To allow individuals, subject to limited and specific exceptions, the right to have access to information about themselves which is held by a public body.
  4. To allow individuals the right to request corrections to information about themselves held by a public body.
  5. To provide an independent review of decisions made by the public body under the legislation.