Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

An applicant requested the Corporation of the District of Oak Bay (“Oak Bay”) provide him with records related to a permit to renovate his home. Oak Bay provided the applicant with records responsive to his request, but withheld names, house numbers and signatures from a petition because it believed disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of third party personal privacy (s. 22 of FIPPA). The applicant was not satisfied with Oak Bay’s response and asked the Commissioner to conduct an inquiry. Oak Bay requested the Commissioner exercise her discretion under s. 56 of FIPPA to not hold an inquiry. The adjudicator found that it was not plain and obvious that disclosure of the petitioners’ personal information would be an invasion of their personal privacy under s. 22; therefore, Oak Bay’s request that an inquiry not be held was denied.

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