FOIPOP: Responding to a Surge in Information Requests while Protecting Individual Privacy – From BWCs to Police Misconduct

November 8, 2021 11:45am

Tom Engel
Engel Law

Cara-Lynn Stelmack
Director, Mediation and Investigation
Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner


R. Kyle Friesen
General Counsel, Legal Services
Surrey Police Service

As police agencies across the country adopt body-worn cameras, the number of FOIPOP requests are increasing. This session will delve into the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) which allows members of the general public access to document, record or file held by the government, regardless of format.

  • Best practices for streamlining FOIPOP requests 
  • Balancing an individual’s right to access documents, and an individual’s right to privacy
  • Clarifying the exceptions including:
    • Protecting against unreasonable invasion of personal privacy
    • Protecting law enforcement activities
    • Safeguard the business conducted by government
  • Addressing the challenges with FOIPOP requests for body-worn or car camera footage
  • Resolving challenges with FOIPOP requests for officer disciplinary reviews