Archives Timeline: Privacy and Access

Following the passage of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP) in 1991, a second piece of privacy legislation was passed called the Health Information Protection Act (HIPA) in 2003. These two acts require the Archives to ensure that all records in the Collection that contain personal information or personal health information are only made available to the general public when appropriate.

In preparation for the implementation of HIPA, the Saskatchewan Archives created a new position called the Privacy and Access Archivist in 2002. The role of this position was to assess historical records against the criteria of the legislation to ensure that only records that meet the requirements of these Acts are available for general research. Because of the complexities of applying FOIPP, HIPA, and donor restrictions, this function has grown over the years from one staff person to a small unit of staff known as the Legislative Compliance and Access Unit (LCAU). LCAU staff use their expertise to balance the public’s right to access information against an individual’s right to privacy.

        Staff bringing in a new collection                                                                      Regina Reading Room                       

Reference staff in the Regina office

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