The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) aims to strike a balance between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy, as those rights relate to information held by public bodies in Alberta.

This law, proclaimed October 1, 1995, affects all provincial government departments, agencies, boards and commissions. The act was applied to school boards and charter schools on September 1, 1998, and to health care bodies on October 1, 1998. Post-secondary educational institutions and local governments will be covered by the act by October 1999.

In a school setting, the privacy of students and parents is protected by rules that schools must follow in the collection, use, protection and disclosure of personal information.

Alberta schools collect and use personal information for authorized programs and activities that are a normal part of school life. These uses are a vital part of a healthy and functioning school environment, and participation of all students is important. The FOIP Act will not dramatically change normal school activities; it will not prevent parents from participating in their children's education. It will allow parents and students broader rights of access to information and it will obligate schools to protect privacy.

The act should be applied in a common-sense manner and should not negatively affect school life.

Featured here are questions that have arisen. The responses are provided to clarify matters for school staff, parents and students.

Frequently Ask Questions

FOIP Service Alberta FOIP FAQ



ATA FOIP Resource

Service Alberta Resource

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