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New ATIPP is in effect

The territory’s new Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP) and regulations came into force last Thursday.

By Whitehorse Star on April 6, 2021

The territory’s new Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP) and regulations came into force last Thursday.

The new act strengthens privacy protections for Yukoners, yet is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of access to information, openness and transparency, the territorial government said last month.

In addition to the new act and regulations, the government has developed a large suite of publicly available resource materials to support the transition to the new act.

“Our government remains committed to government openness and accountability,” said Richard Mostyn, the minister of Highways and Public Works.

“We believe the default of government should be to disclose information rather than deny access to it.

(“The act) will increase Yukoners’ access to information, strengthen the protection of their privacy and make government decision making more transparent.”

Brittany Cross, a communications analyst with Highway and Public Works, explained in an email the new Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act is the result of extensive public engagement with Yukoners, stakeholders, and the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

The new act will better protect the private information of Yukoners, increase transparency of government, and make information readily available to Yukoners, she said.

Cross said it supports the same principles as the previous act but is now better designed to meet the needs of Yukoners in a modern, digital world.

It will also help regulate how personal information stored by government departments and other corporations is held and accessed by Yukoners.

Some ways the new act improves transparency:

• It lists all of the entities that fall under the act so everyone will know whether and how it applies to them;

• It clarifies what information must be released under access requests; and

• It provides a broader list of information that must be released as part of access to information requests.

As well, the new act goes further in protecting the private information of Yukoners.

For example, new government programs and services are now required to build in privacy and data protection to give citizens greater control and protection of their personal information.

It also limits the collection, use and disclosure of Yukoners’ personal information.

To support the transition to the new act, a large suite of information has also been made available online for the public, including training and an interpretation manual. Both can be found on the Open government section on Yukon.ca.

Cross said new resources will continue to be made available online as the government moves toward implementing the new act.

Comments (15)

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Big Ed on Apr 7, 2021 at 7:38 pm

Openness and accountability are hardly concepts or principles this government has ever demonstrated. The default of government should be to disclose information not deny disclosure- hmmmm if that is the case why are you constantly making the Privacy Commissioner take your government to court to get information? This is yet another example of saying one thing but doing the exact opposite like when Minister Mostyn said - “bring your concerns forward- nothing will happen to you “.

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YukonMax on Apr 7, 2021 at 7:01 am

If Mostyn had anything to do with it, I won't trust the process.
Success isn't part of his track records. Hope he and Frost will fade away.

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Matthew on Apr 7, 2021 at 6:56 am

Hahahah! Right... I've asked MANY times what they spray when they used chemicals to modify the weather via Weather Modification Act... look it up people!!

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Rightfully speaking on Apr 6, 2021 at 10:41 pm

So now, it is legally up to the departments to make this correct and filing of ALL legally required documents. Let’s not hide some reports to “make our department or floor and staff” look good! Seen and have experienced this big time - you know who you are, shame on you!

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iota on Apr 6, 2021 at 10:17 pm

“Our government remains committed to government openness and accountability,” said Richard Mostyn, the minister of Highways and Public Works.
“We believe the default of government should be to disclose information rather than deny access to it.

Hogwash! I've done many ATIPP searches and have, on more than one occasion, had to challenge the level of redaction in documents that pertained to the actions of government employees. Who oversees that? Oh right, the government.

Let's hope this legislation is enough.

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Juniper Jackson on Apr 6, 2021 at 6:21 pm

Oh yeah? There isn't any privacy anymore. Contact tracing apps kinda ended any suspicion anyone had that their privacy was disappearing. People at work? Talk. Mention a little something to their bestie, make a comment on FB, TicToc, Twitter..

Privacy is possible. Live off grid. No phone, no internet. Cash for purchases. In todays' techno world. Privacy? Things you consider to be your business, no one elses. Gone.

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H. Y. Pokritts on Apr 6, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Hello Anie - I agree with you. Under the Liberal watch the government has been very active in restricting access to information on files. Health and Social Services withheld and used the withheld information to deny families money it was obligated to pay them. The nature of the information was racially biased against First Nation families and it was used in part to justify a further attempt at discrimination.

I did offer support to the impacted families however the embarrassment of the situation was enough to keep them quiet. These people should not be working for the government in their current capacities.

I was warned against disclosing information on files. I responded to H&SS that there should not be any information on any persons file that they are not aware of and that the non-disclosure is a violation of HIPMA.

So, the Liberals can just shut their collective mouths about privacy protection.

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Wilf Carter on Apr 6, 2021 at 5:55 pm

ATIPP has not supported or worked for Yukoners over the last 4 years. Why does this make it work???

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martin on Apr 6, 2021 at 5:17 pm

Funny they promise this, when during their administration a person can't even access to his/her personal medical records. You'd of thought you are THE interested party and be able to better understand/manage your health.

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Whilhem on Apr 6, 2021 at 3:51 pm

The Liberals coming through with transparency commitments making it work better for all Yukoners.

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JSM on Apr 6, 2021 at 3:17 pm

Maybe we can find out who in the government is a paid corporate shill? Just kidding! It's all of them!

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Go Kate! on Apr 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm

Kate's going to eat you for breakfast!

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Meanwhile - emails received from your office on Apr 6, 2021 at 3:13 pm

say that you'll hide behind statistical acts so that you don't have to share information or demonstrate how conclusions were arrived at!

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Mike on Apr 6, 2021 at 2:34 pm

Well after that ass kicking you got from Kate at your private Union gathering you come up with this like it was a new idea. This is nothing new in fact it's implemented across Canada so now that the liberals are losing the election they try and act like they've been compliant when in fact this government has been the most secretive manipulative fact altering party ever in the history of the Yukon.

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Anie on Apr 6, 2021 at 2:34 pm

In my experience, govt employees have have used ATIP as a way to not share info.

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