The Province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner says government needs to focus on making things more transparent, rather than adding resources to help with the increasing number of access to information requests.
Donovan Molloy says while government talks about a lack of resources, they are missing the finer points of access to information legislation.
He says government should be pushing to get rid of the need for people to file requests for information they’re already entitled to.
In 2016-2017, coordinators with the privacy office processed 2,100 ATIPP requests, a 50 per cent increase from the year before.
Molloy says opening up government would not only save money, but save the public from having to go through a process that might not be necessary.
He says government could recoup resources by eliminating the large number of privacy requests because access to information takes time and resources, and should be only a last resort.