Interpretation of the statistical report

Environment Canada’s Statistical Report on the Privacy Act is included in Appendix A of this report.

Between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada received 55 requests under the Privacy Act. There were also 10 requests carried forward from the 2015–2016 reporting period, for a total of 65 active requests. In 2016–2017, a total of 60 requests were completed. Five (5) requests were carried forward to the next reporting period.

Trends

Environment and Climate Change Canada received 21 fewer requests under the Privacy Act in 2016–2017 than in the previous fiscal year; this represents a decrease of 28% in the number of privacy requests received. Environment and Climate Change Canada continued to notice a trend in which privacy requests received this year were largely related to active labor relations matters. In some cases, it appears that the requests are filed to supplement existing processes/recourse mechanisms.

The number of requests under the Privacy Act received by Environment and Climate Change Canada from 2011-2012 to 2016–2017 is found in figure 1.

Figure 1. Privacy Requests Received Privacy Act 2011 – 2017
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Figure 1 shows a bar chart which provides a visual representation of the number of privacy requests that were received by the ATIP Secretariat from the 2011-2012 fiscal year to the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

During the 2011-2012 period, 11 requests were received; in 2012-2013, 29 requests were received; in 2013-2014, 20 requests were received; in 2014-2015, 27 requests were received; in 2015-2016, 76 requests were received; and in 2016-2017, 55 requests were received.

Environment and Climate Change Canada completed 60 requests under the Privacy Act in 2016–2017. Figure 2 displays the number of requests under the Privacy Act completed by Environment and Climate Change Canada from 2011–2012 to 2016–2017.

Figure 2. Privacy Requests Closed Privacy Act 2011 – 2017
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Figure 2 shows a bar chart which provides a visual representation of the number of privacy requests that were closed by the ATIP Secretariat from the 2011-2012 fiscal year to the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

During the 2011-2012 period, 16 requests were closed; in 2012-2013, 28 requests were closed; in 2013-2014, 19 requests were closed; in 2014-2015, 24 requests were closed; in 2015-2016, 73 requests were closed; and in 2016-2017, 60 requests were closed.

Figure 3 shows the number of pages processed by the ATIP Division in processing requests under the Privacy Act from 2011–2012 to 2016–2017.

Figure 3. Pages Processed, Privacy Act 2011–2017.
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Figure 3 shows a bar chart which provides a visual representation of the number of pages processed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing privacy requests under the Privacy Act from the 2011-2012 fiscal year to the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

During the 2011-2012 period, 18,046 pages were processed; in 2012-2013, 20,698 pages were processed; in 2013-2014, 10,803 pages were processed; in 2014-2015, 4,035 pages were processed; in 2015-2016, 15,042 pages were processed; and in 2016-2017, 49,961 pages were processed.

Although fewer requests were closed in the 2016–2017 reporting period, 49,961 pages of records were retrieved and reviewed in response to privacy requests which represents a significant increase of 232% over the 2015–2016 fiscal year. This increase is largely attributable to one large request that was completed this fiscal year. Therefore, the number of pages processed this year represents an anomaly.

The number of pages disclosed by the ATIP Division in processing requests under the Privacy Act from 2011–2012 to 2016–2017 is found in figure 4.

Figure 4. Pages Disclosed, Privacy Act 2011–2017.
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Figure 4 shows a bar chart which provides a visual representation of the number of pages disclosed by the ATIP Secretariat in processing privacy requests under the Privacy Act from the 2011-2012 fiscal year to the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

During the 2011-2012 period, 12,790 pages were disclosed; in 2012-2013, 8,497 pages were disclosed; in 2013-2014, 4,337 pages were disclosed; in 2014-2015, 1,814 pages were disclosed; in 2015-2016, 7,037 pages were disclosed; and in 2016-2017, 8,939 pages were disclosed.

Corrections

Paragraph 12(2)(a) of the Privacy Act gives individuals a right to request a correction of personal information about them held by the federal government.

No corrections were requested or made in the 2016–2017 reporting period.

Disclosure under Subsection 8(2)

Paragraphs 8(2)(e), (f), (g), and (m) of the Privacy Act permit the disclosure of personal information to various investigative/regulatory bodies or to Members of Parliament, or if disclosure is in the public interest.

No disclosures under subsection 8(2), including under paragraph 8(2)(m), were completed in the 2016–2017 reporting period.

Consultations

In 2016–2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada received 12 privacy consultations from other government institutions and none from other organizations. Eleven (11) consultations were completed during the 2016–2017 reporting period. One (1) consultation was carried forward to the next reporting period.

Costs

In 2016–2017, the total cost of administering the Privacy Act was $196,360. This included $128,360 for salaries and $68,000 for goods and services.

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