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Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The basic objective of FOIP is to make government bodies more open and accountable. The Act does this by providing access to records and by protecting the privacy of individuals. Protecting the privacy of individuals involves safeguarding an individual's personal information.
Why does the Library collect personal information?
The Library collects personal information under the authority of the Libraries Act and under the FOIP Act, Section 32. Personal information can only be used for the purpose for which it is collected.
What is personal information?
Who has access to personal information?
An example of a third party is an adult registered under your family membership, e.g. your spouse. This means that another adult registered under your family membership does not have access to your borrowing record at the Library. If you want to have another adult carry out transactions on your membership, e.g. renewals, pay overdue fines, then please fill out a "'FOIP Consent Form." Without this consent the Library is mandated by FOIP to allow only an individual access to their personal information, which includes borrowing information.
What information can the public access?
Most of our information was available prior to the Act, but the Act ensures that we make every effort to respond to the public's request for information. FOIP provides a mechanism for the public to request information that may not be generally available. However, FOIP is a "last resort". If you are seeking general information about the Library, please ask at the Front Desk for assistance.
If you have questions or concerns...
If you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information or any matters of access or privacy, please contact the FOIP Coordinator:
Fort McMurray Public Library