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October 24, 2012

Changes to the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act originally came into effect September 1, 2010.  It is intended to better protect personal information of New Brunswickers by providing greater safeguards for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by public bodies, and also provides guidelines for how public bodies must respond to requests for information.

Significant changes to the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act came into effect in the fall of 2012. As of September 1, 2012, local government bodies and other public institutions fall under this act as well, which includes universities, community colleges, municipalities, local service districts, and rural communities.  Schools, school districts, and district education councils are subject to the act as of October 1, 2012. 

As well, on April 1, 2013, local boards (including water and waste water commissions and regional service commissions) will be subject to the Act as well.

The provincial government will offer training to educational and local government bodies on the requirements and application of the legislation.

For the full text of the Act and further information on this subject, check out the following websites:

http://laws.gnb.ca/en/ShowTdm/cs/R-10.6//

http://laws.gnb.ca/en/showfulldoc/cs/R-10.6//20121011

http://www.gnb.ca/info

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2012.08.0703.html

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2010.08.1426.html