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Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act

The University is under the jurisdiction of the provincial FOIP Act in all aspects of its operations as a publicly funded institution.

The Act
Overview of the Act

Head for purposes of the Act - Delegation of Authority 
The Board of Governors has designated General Counsel to serve as ‘head’ for the purposes of the Act. The ‘head’ is the person who is accountable for all decisions made under the FOIP Act. The head delegates the day-to-day management of the FOIP process to the Senior Specialist, Policy & FOIP but the designation establishes who has the final authority on FOIP matters.

Pursuant to Section 85 of the Act, the head has delegated specific duties, powers, or functions of the head as outlined in the Delegation Authority Table.

Health Information (HIA) Act

Physicians who bill Alberta Health Care for the provision of a health service are considered custodians under the HIA and they are personally responsible for managing patient files in accordance with the provisions of the Act.  However, when a physician operates under the auspices of the University or a University clinic and stores health information on University systems, the University assumes responsibility for creating and maintaining a secure operating environment.

 The Act