Confidentiality and Privacy for Victims of Abuse-Suspected Abuse

While the individual’s privacy rights and confidentiality should be respected to the greatest extent possible, there are circumstances, particularly in situations of suspected abuse, in which individuals’ personal information can and should be disclosed to third parties.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act)governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by public bodies (such as PDD and PDD funded service provider agencies). Generally, if the disclosure is done with the individual’s best interests in mind and strictly for the purpose of reporting suspected abuse to the appropriate external body or to PDD regional staff; it will be permitted by the FOIP Act. If in doubt about whether disclosure is permitted, contact the Human Services FOIP office at (780) 427-2805 for further assistance.