Reasons for FOIP
The two main objectives of the FOIP Act are:
- to ensure that public bodies are open and accountable to the public by providing a right of access to records; and
- to protect the privacy of individuals by controlling the manner in which public bodies collect, use and disclose personal information.
These are further explained in Section 2 of the Act, setting out the following purposes of the Act:
- To allow any person access to general records in the custody or under the control of a public body (in this case, NAIT), subject to limited and specific exceptions as set out in sections 16 to 29 of the Act.
- To control the manner in which the public body may collect personal information from individuals; to control the use that the public body may make of that information; to control the disclosure by the Institute, of that information and to protect that personal information while in the custody and control of the public body.
- To allow individuals, subject to limited and specific exceptions as set out in the Act, a right of access to personal information about themselves that is held by the public body.
- To allow individuals a right to request corrections to personal information about themselves that is held by the public body.
- To provide for the independent review of decisions made by the public body under this Act and the resolution of complaints under this Act.