Legislative Assembly

Public invited to comment on proposed access-to-information legislation, discussion paper (08/10/02)

NB 1429

Oct. 2, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being invited to comment on proposals to update the province's right-to-information and protection of personal information legislation and to develop new legislation to govern the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information.

The standing committee on law amendments of the legislative assembly is reviewing Bill 82, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the discussion paper, Personal Health Information Access and Privacy Legislation.

The all-party committee will hold public hearings on both documents at the legislative assembly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 28, 29 and 30.

Individuals or organizations wishing to make a presentation before the committee should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Those preferring to submit comments or briefs should do so by Friday, Oct. 31, by contacting:

Office of the Clerk, Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B. E3B 5H1; telephone, 506-453-2506; fax, 506-453-7154; e-mail, wwwleg@gnb.ca; or online at www.gnb.ca/legis.

Bill 82 is intended to improve and modernize existing right-to-information and protection of personal information legislation. It would provide a framework for how public bodies must respond to requests for information, and it would apply to all records held in any form by government departments; provincial agencies, boards and commissions; universities; and municipalities.

The discussion paper presents the basis of new personal health information access and privacy legislation. It highlights specific components of new legislation and proposes questions for consideration. Developing new personal health information access and privacy legislation requires making significant choices, such as deciding how individuals can ensure their health information is treated with discretion and confidentiality and, at the same time, is quickly available to health-care workers so they can provide appropriate health care.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, 506-453-2506.

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