The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael Harvey, has released his Report A-2022-014 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

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Report: A-2022-014
Report Date: July 28, 2022
Public Body: Department of Finance
Summary: Two Complainants made three access to information requests under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, to the Department of Finance for copies of the Rothschild & Co. report and associated correspondence. The Department declined to provide the records citing sections 27 (cabinet confidences), 29 (policy advice and recommendations), 35 (disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body), 38 (disclosure harmful to labour relations interests of public body as employer), and 40 (disclosure harmful to personal privacy). The Complainants disagreed with this decision and made complaints to this Office. The Commissioner determined that the records fit the exception under section 27, and as such, the Department was correct in withholding the records in their entirety.

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