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Course Description

While individual privacy and the security of personal information are increasingly important in our society, the news is filled with stories of privacy breaches and how our data is being accessed and used. Organizations are increasingly faced with challenges surrounding the management and security of the information they collect and use.

Gain an overview of the fundamentals of records and information management; the privacy legislation that informs how personal information may be collected, used, shared, and accessed; and leading practices for handling a privacy breach.

While more broadly applicable in addressing information management, access, and privacy issues, the course will focus on a public sector context and utilize examples from both the school board and municipal environments. You will be invited to apply your knowledge and experience while engaging in new learning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Interpret and apply provincial access and privacy legislation
  • Process access requests, apply exemptions to disclosure, and determine records eligible for disclosure
  • Define an effective Records Information Management (RIM) program
  • Explain the relationship between records management and access/privacy legislation
  • Define the components of a privacy breach protocol
  • Identify and understand the risks/implications of non-compliance

Course Topics

  • Applicable Legislation
  • Key Duties of Individuals Responsible for Records Management, Privacy, and Freedom of Information
  • Privacy Standards
  • How to Process an Access Request for Information
  • Fundamentals of Records Information Management
  • Risk Management
  • Managing a Privacy Breach
  • Emerging Issues in the Sector

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Pre-Work 10%
Case Studies 30%
Group Presentation 20%
In-Class Participation 10%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

*Course details are subject to change.

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