Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP)
The mandate of the ATIP Office is to administer the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) and to ensure that all the obligations related to the Acts are met, in collaboration with PPSC employees.
- According to the Access to Information Act, applicants (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and any person or corporation present in Canada) have a right to access records under the control of the PPSC.
- Acording to the Privacy Act, applicants (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and individuals present in Canada) have the right to access their personal information held by the PPSC. The Act also protects that information against unauthorized collection, use, retention and disclosure.
The ATIP Office is the public’s main point of contact regarding requests for information submitted to the PPSC. It also serves as the organization’s centre of ATIP expertise. The Office’s duties include:
- Assisting Canadians with their requests for access to information;
- Providing advice on the interpretation of the legislation and negotiating the resolution of complaints pertaining to requests and other related issues;
- Communicating with request applicants, third parties, and the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada or the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada;
- Advising applicants, third parties and complainants of their rights and obligations;
- Developing training, guidelines and awareness programs for PPSC employees;
- Preparing the PPSC’s annual reports to Parliament on the administration of those Acts; and
- Updating Information about Programs and Information Holdings, formerly known as Info Source, a publication containing information about the PPSC and the types of information under its control, as well as similar information about other government institutions subject to those Acts.
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