The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) regulates the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by public bodies like boards of education and francophone educational authorities.
The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) regulates the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by private organizations such as independent school authorities. It states that:
This means that independent school authorities must:
Students, parents and employees have the right to access their own personal information held by independent schools. The commissioner under PIPA can investigate complaints about how personal information is being handled. PIPA does not apply to information that was collected before it came into force.
In general, independent schools should assign a staff member or team to be responsible for creating and maintaining PIPA-specific policies and processes to be followed, inclduing a process for responding to complaints about compliance with PIPA. These should be made available to students, parents and employees. Consult with a legal advisor to determine best practices specific for your independent school.
Here are a few sample situations to consider:
Note: This information is NOT legal advice. Consult your legal counsel to discuss specifics related to your school's PIPA practices.