Records Management and Privacy Office

Records Management and Privacy Office

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Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has issued new guidance on the use of personal email and instant messaging for business purposes.  Arising from a recent order to the City of Oshawa regarding a Councillor's use of personal email for public business, the guidance is intended to alert public institutions to the fact that email and text messages pertaining to institutional business--even if sent or received using a personal account--are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and are potentially disclosable in response to a FIPPA request.  Additionally, such records should be retained in an institutional recordkeeping system.  For more information, click the link below.

https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Instant-Messaging.pdf

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