The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (F.O.I.P.) aims to strike a
balance between the public's right to know and the individual's right
to privacy, as these rights relate to information held by public bodies.
This law, proclaimed October 1, 1995, affects all provincial
departments, agencies, boards and commissions. This legislation was
proclaimed October 1, 1999 for municipalities.
Act protects municipal customers where personal information is not
releasable without the consent of the customer and includes personal
addresses, names and phone numbers. The City of Brooks’ policy is not to
release this information to any person without consent from the
customer, unless the FOIP Act permits disclosure in certain circumstances.