The Act protects personal privacy by restricting the collection, use and disclosure of personal infrormation. Please note that personal privacy rights extend only to private individuals; not businesses, societies or corporations.
When an individual makes an FOI request to the City of Prince George, their personal information is protected and not made public.
We only collect personal information when we have the clear authority to do so, or when the collection is related directly to and is necessary for an operating program. When we are collecting personal information, we must do so directly from you, unless we have legal authority to collect the information from another source. These rules apply even if the personal information is held by another government body.
Use and Disclosure:
The personal information must only be used for the purpose it was collected or for a use consistent with the reason it was collected. We may also use or disclose personal information in other ways, but only if we have legal authority to do so.
For example, if you make a bylaw enforcement complaint, we ask for your personal information (your name, home address, home telephone number) in order for us to keep you informed of our handling of your complaint. As a complainant, your personal information is protected and is not made public. The only time that your identity as a complainant would be disclosed to another public body is to comply with Court proceedings. For example, if you were to appear as a witness in a prosecution of a bylaw infraction.
We will usually post on the correspondence section of the Public Agenda of an open meeting of Council a copy of any letters sent to Mayor and Council. We will usually disclose the name of the person who wrote the letter but will remove the home address, home telephone number and personal email address.