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The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) lists several specific exceptions to the general right of access in ss. 12 through 22. A public body receiving a request for information carefully reviews the application of those exceptions before responding to the request. It needs to ensure that, in the particular circumstances of the request, its application of FIPPA exceptions meets the rigorous tests required by FIPPA, as interpreted over the years in orders by the OIPC Commissioner and adjudicators, as well as by court cases. Public bodies that apply exceptions without ensuring that they have met each condition required by FIPPA do so at their peril.

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