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Annual Report Pursuant to Privacy Act – 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 [PDF 490 KB]

ISSN 1926-3767

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Description of institution structure

III. Designation Order

IV. Statistical Report

V. Interpretation / Explanation

  1. PART 1 – Requests under the Privacy Act
  2. PART 2 – Requests closed during the reporting period
  3. PART 3 – Disclosures under subsection 8(2)
  4. PART 4 – Requests for correction of personal information and notations
  5. PART 5 – Extensions
  6. PART 6 – Consultations received from other institutions and organizations
  7. PART 7 – Completion time of consultations on Cabinet confidences
  8. PART 8 – Resources related to the Privacy Act

VI. Training

VII. New or revised policies and guidelines

VIII. Complaints / Investigations

IX. Privacy Impact Assessments

X. Disclosures pursuant to subsection 8(2)(m) of the Privacy Act

XI. Enhancing Support and Sustaining Compliance

I. Introduction

Privacy Act

The Privacy Act (the Act) gives individuals the right of access to information about themselves held by the federal government with certain specific and limited exceptions. The Act protects an individual's privacy by setting out provisions related to the collection, retention, use and disclosure of personal information.

In accordance with section 72 of the Act, the head of every federal institution is required to submit an Annual Report to Parliament on the administration of the Act following the close of each fiscal year. The Annual Reports are then tabled in Parliament pursuant to section 72 of the Act. This report describes how the National Energy Board (NEB or Board) fulfilled its privacy responsibilities during the fiscal year 2013-2014.

About the National Energy Board

The Board is an independent federal regulator established in 1959 to promote safety and security, environmental protection and economic efficiency in the Canadian public interest within the mandate set by Parliament for the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade. The Board reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources. The Board regulates the following specific aspects of the energy industry:

  • the construction and operation of interprovincial and international pipelines;
  • pipeline traffic, tolls and tariffs;
  • the construction and operation of international and designated interprovincial power lines;
  • the export and import of natural gas;
  • the export of oil and electricity; and
  • Frontier oil and gas activities.

Other responsibilities include:

  • providing energy advice to the Minister of Natural Resources in areas where the Board has expertise derived from its regulatory functions;
  • carrying out studies and preparing reports when requested by the Minister;
  • conducting studies into specific energy matters;
  • holding public inquiries when appropriate; and
  • monitoring current and future supplies of Canada's major energy commodities.

In addition to its responsibilities under the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act), the Board also has responsibilities under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Northern Pipeline Act, and certain provisions of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act. As a result of the Canada Transportation Act, which came into effect on 1 July 1996, the Board's jurisdiction has been broadened to also include pipelines that transport commodities other than oil or natural gas.

For more information about the National Energy Board, please visit our website at: www.neb-one.gc.ca.

II. Description of institution structure

The Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office

Activities relating to the Privacy Act during the reporting period were the responsibility of the Secretary of the Board who had been designated by the Chair and CEO of the Board as the Coordinator. Organizationally, the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) team resides within the Office of the Secretary and Regulatory Services Team.

The Chair and CEO has overall responsibility for ensuring that the Board’s policies, procedures and practices are compliant with the application and administration of the Privacy Act. The National Energy Board has procedures in place to process privacy requests. These requests are processed by the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator who has the authority to access all records held by the Board. The ATIP Office works closely with Information and Document Services and Senior Management across the organization.

The ATIP Office is comprised of two permanent full-time Officers and one senior Officer on assignment from another department of the Board. The Executive Support Advisor oversees this team. In addition, the Board hired a contractor to assist with the development of the Board’s Privacy Management Framework. Taking into account this contractor, the delegated authority and the Executive Support Advisor who worked part-time on Access to Information and Privacy, there were 4 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in the Board’s ATIP Office during the reporting period.

In addition to providing legal advice and guidance to the ATIP Office on all issues related to the application of the Act, the Board’s Legal Services, in general, assist the offices of primary interest within the Board and the ATIP Office in the delivery of their program and activities having a Privacy Act component.

The ATIP Office is responsible for the coordination and implementation of policies, guidelines and procedures to ensure the organization’s compliance with the Privacy Act. The office also provides the following services to the organization:

  • Responding to privacy requests;
  • Monitoring trends in national and international privacy issues to provide informed advice to clients;
  • Ensuring that the Board’s personal information holdings are published in Info Source;
  • Coordinating and overseeing the Privacy Impact Assessment process for the NEB;
  • Advising program managers of the requirements of the Privacy Act for the collection, retention, use, and disclosure of personal information;
  • Promoting staff awareness and providing training on the Privacy Act; and
  • Developing corporate privacy policies and practices to protect and guide access to personal information.

NEB Organizational Chart

Info Source

Info Source is a series of publications containing information about and/or collected by the Government of Canada. The primary purpose of Info Source is to assist individuals in exercising their rights under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. Info Source also supports the federal government’s commitment to facilitate access to information regarding its activities.

During this reporting period, the ATIP Office updated the content of its Info Source chapter, now self-published by the NEB, including the description of its information holdings by institutional functions, programs and activities. The NEB’s chapter is aligned with its Program Activity Architecture. Under this approach, all classes of records and personal information banks are directly linked to the relevant institutional program and/or activity.

In response to a recommendation from Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) on the NEB’s Management Accountability Framework, the Board also completed its review of the personal information it collects, retains, uses and discloses in order to meet TBS requirements and the Privacy Act legislation.

III. Designation Order

Privacy Act Designation Replacement Order

The Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board (the Board), pursuant to Section 73 of the Pricavy Act (the Act) hereby replaces the Privacy Act Designation Order made on the 1st day of April 2011, at the City of Calgary, in the Province of Alberta by the following text.

The Chair and CEO of the Board, pursuant to Section 73 of the Access to Information ActNote 1 hereby designates the person holding the position of Secretary of the Board to exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the Chair and CEO as head of a government institution under the Act.

Dated at the City of Calgary, in the province of Alberta, this 1st day of February 2013.

______________________________
Gaétan Caron
Chair and CEO

IV. Statistical Report

Statistical Report on the Privacy Act

Name of institution: National Energy Board

Reporting period: 01-Apr-13 to 31-Mar-14

PART 1 – Requests under the Privacy Act

PART 1 – Requests under the Privacy Act
  Number of Requests
Received during reporting period 0
Outstanding from previous reporting period 0
Total 0
Closed during reporting period 0
Carried over to next reporting period 0

PART 2 – Requests closed during the reporting period

2.1 Disposition and completion time

2.1 Disposition and completion time
Disposition of requests Completion Time
1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days More than 365 days Total
All disclosed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All exempted 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
No records exist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Treated abandoned 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2.2 Exemptions

2.2 Exemptions
Section Number of requests Section Number of requests Section Number of requests
18(2) 0 22(1)(a)(i) 0 23(a) 0
19(1)(a) 0 22(1)(a)(ii) 0 23(b) 0
19(1)(b) 0 22(1)(a)(iii) 0 24(a) 0
19(1)(c) 0 22(1)(b) 0 24(b) 0
19(1)(d) 0 22(1)(c) 0 25 0
19(1)(e) 0 22(2) 0 26 0
19(1)(f) 0 22.1 0 27 0
20 0 22.2 0 28 0
21 0 22.3 0    

TBS/SCT 350-63 (Rev. 2011/03)

2.3 Exclusions

2.3 Exclusions
Section Number of requests Section Number of requests Section Number of requests
69(1)(a) 0 70(1)(a) 0 70(1)(d) 0
69(1)(b) 0 70(1)(b) 0 70(1)(e) 0
69.1 0 70(1)(c) 0 70(1)(f) 0

2.4 Format of information released

2.4 Format of information released
Disposition Paper Electronic Other formats
All disclosed 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0

2.5 Complexity

2.5.1 Relevant pages processed and disclosed
2.5.1 Relevant pages processed and disclosed
Disposition of requests Number of pages processed Number of pages disclosed Number of requests
All disclosed 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 0 0 0
All exempted 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0
Request abandoned 0 0 0
2.5.2 Relevant pages processed and disclosed by size of requests
Dispo-
sition
Less than
100 pages
processed
101-500
pages
processed
501-1000
pages
processed
1001-5000
pages
processed
More than
5000 pages
processed
Requests Pages dis-
closed
Requests Pages dis-
closed
Requests Pages dis-
closed
Requests Pages dis-
closed
Requests Pages dis-
closed
All disclosed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All exempted 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Abandoned 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5.3 Other complexities
Disposition Consultation required Legal Advice Sought Interwoven Information Other Total
All disclosed 0 0 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 0 0 0 0 0
All exempted 0 0 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0 0
Abandoned 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0

2.6 Deemed refusals

2.6.1 Reasons for not meeting statutory deadline
2.6.1 Reasons for not meeting statutory deadline
Number of requests closed past the statutory deadline Principal Reason
Workload External consultation Internal consultation Other
0 0 0 0 0
2.6.2 Number of days past deadline
2.6.2 Number of days past deadline
Number of days past deadline Number of requests past deadline where no extension was taken Number of requests past deadline where an extension was taken Total
1 to 15 days 0 0 0
16 to 30 days 0 0 0
31 to 60 days 0 0 0
61 to 120 days 0 0 0
121  to 180 days 0 0 0
181 to 365 days 0 0 0
More than 365 days 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0

2.7 Requests for translation

2.7 Requests for translation
Translation Requests Accepted Refused Total
English to French 0 0 0
French to English 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0

PART 3 – Disclosures under subsection 8(2)

Paragraph 8(2)(e) Paragraph 8(2)(m) Total
0 0 0

PART 4 – Requests for correction of personal information and notations

PART 4 – Requests for correction of personal information and notations
  Number
Requests for correction received 0
Requests for correction accepted 0
Requests for correction refused 0
Notations attached 0

PART 5 – Extensions

5.1 Reasons for extensions and disposition of requests

5.1 Reasons for extensions and disposition of requests
Disposition of requests where an extension was taken 15(a)(i)
Interference with operations
15(a)(ii)
Consultation
15(b)
Translation or conversion
Section 70 Other
All disclosed 0 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 0 0 0 0
All exempted 0 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0
No records exist 0 0 0 0
Request abandoned 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0

5.2 Length of extensions

5.2 Length of extensions
Length of extensions 15(a)(i)
Interference with operations
15(a)(ii)
Consultation
15(b)
Translation purposes
Section 70 Other
1 to 15 days 0 0 0 0
16 to 30 days 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0

PART 6 – Consultations received from other institutions and organizations

6.1 Consultations received from other government institutions and organizations

6.1 Consultations received from other government institutions and organizations
Consultations Other government institutions Number of pages to review Other organizations Number of pages to review
Received during reporting period 0 0 0 0
Outstanding from the previous reporting period 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0
Closed during the reporting period 0 0 0 0
Pending at the end of the reporting period 0 0 0 0

6.2 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other government institutions

6.2 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other government institutions
Recommendation Number of days required to complete consultation requests
1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121  to 180 days 181 to 365 days More than 365 days Total
Disclose entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disclose in part 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exempt entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exclude entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Consult other institution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

6.3 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other organizations

6.3 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other organizations
Recommendation Number of days required to complete consultation requests
1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days More than 365 days Total
Disclose entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disclose in part 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exempt entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exclude entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Consult other institution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PART 7 – Completion time of consultations on Cabinet confidences

Number of days Number of responses received Number of responses received past deadline
1 to 15 0 0
16 to 30 0 0
31 to 60 0 0
61 to 120 0 0
121 to 180 0 0
181 to 365 0 0
More than 365 0 0
Total 0 0

PART 8 – Resources related to the Privacy Act

8.1 Costs

8.1 Costs
Expenditures Amount
Salaries $11,524
Overtime $207
Goods and Services $10,534
  • Contracts for privacy impact assessments
$0  
  • Professional services contracts
$10,000
  • Other
$534
Total $22,265

8.2 Human Resources

8.2 Human Resources
Resources Dedicated full-time Dedicated part-time Total
Full-time employees 0.00 0.00 0.00
Part-time and casual employees 0.00 0.00 0.00
Regional staff 0.00 0.00 0.00
Consultants and agency personnel 0.00 0.00 0.00
Students 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 0.00 0.00 0.00

V. Interpretation / Explanation

PART 1 – Requests under the Privacy Act

Number of Requests

During the reporting period, the Board did not receive any requests pursuant to the Privacy Act. None were outstanding from the previous reporting period. 

PART 2 – Requests closed during the reporting period

The Board did not receive any requests.

PART 3 – Disclosures under subsection 8(2)

The Board did not disclose any information under subsection 8(2).

PART 4 – Requests for correction of personal information and notations

There were no requests for the correction or the notation of personal information during the reporting period.

PART 5 – Extensions

The Board did not grant any extensions.

PART 6 – Consultations received from other institutions and organizations

The Board did not receive any consultations from other government institutions and organizations.

PART 7 – Completion time of consultations on Cabinet confidences

The Board did not undertake any consultations on the application of section 70 of the Privacy Act that were sent to the Cabinet Confidences Section of the Privy Council Office.

PART 8 – Resources related to the Privacy Act

Costs

Costs only include those related to the administration of the Privacy Act incurred by the ATIP Office that has authority to respond to formal privacy requests or requests for correction of personal information. Costs do not include those that were incurred by other areas of the institution, including Offices of Primary Interest and Legal Services. The total cost for resources related to the Privacy Act over the reporting period was $22,265.

The total amount paid for salaries of employees working in the ATIP Office on activities related to the administration of the Privacy Act was $11,524.

The Board spent $10,534 on goods and services related to the administration of the Privacy Act. $10,000 was spent on professional services contracts and $534 was spent on other goods and services.

Human Resources

Over the reporting period, the NEB had three resources dedicated full-time to Access to Information and Privacy activities, two full-time employees dedicated part-time to Access to Information and Privacy activities (the delegated authority and the executive support advisor) and one consultant dedicated to the development of the NEB’s Privacy Management Framework. Because the Board did not receive any Privacy Requests and almost 100 Access to Information requests, the bulk of the Board’s resources are dedicated primarily to Access to Information. The resources associated with ATIP were reported on the statistical report for Access to Information and not duplicated on the statistical report for Privacy, in accordance with direction from the Treasury Board Secretariat.

VI. Training

Training for ATIP Analysts

During the reporting period, ATIP staff participated in the following events and training sessions:

Yvon Gauthier Info-Training: 3 to 6 September 2013
Yvon Gauthier provides a complete selection of training courses designed to increase knowledge and awareness of Access to Information and Privacy issues and legislation. During the reporting period, 3 members of the ATIP team attended the following three sessions:

  • Focus on Privacy: What is “personal information” and what are the restrictions around its collection, use and dissemination?
  • Privacy Management Framework: A Privacy Management Framework outlines the structure for reducing privacy threats and vulnerabilities. Establishing a strengthened privacy framework requires a situational analysis of existing governance, procedures, training, and technology.
  • Info-Source: An inventory of the personal information that is collected, used or disclosed by the NEB to ensure that all particular personal information banks have been registered, are up-to-date and reflect the requirements of the law and Treasury Board Secretariat Policies and Directives.

Canadian Access and Privacy Association (CAPA): 2 December 2013
CAPA is a non-profit incorporated organization established in 1987 for the purpose of furthering the knowledge and expertise of its members in the legal and practical aspects of access to information and the protection of privacy. This year, one member of the ATIP team attended the Annual Conference in Ottawa featuring:

  • Keynote speeches from Nancy Belanger, General Counsel, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada and from Chantal Bernier, the Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada;
  • Information on privacy-enabling innovation and new technologies;
  • A summary of important court decisions from the past year on access and privacy issues; and
  • Breach notification policies and procedures.

ATIP staff also participated in informal training on AccessPro software (Privasoft) Case Management and Redaction for both the Administrator and End-User. ATIP staff participated by teleconference in courses offered by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat regarding Access to Information and Privacy, Personal Information Banks, Info Source and Parliamentary Reporting Requirements.

Training for National Energy Board Staff

The NEB promotes access to information imperatives in face-to-face meetings, presentations, special events, learning products, on the Intranet and through its training program. It fosters responsible working relationships with clients and operates under clearly defined timelines.

The Board continues to deliver general training to raise employees’ awareness of their responsibilities under the Privacy Act and specialized training to respond to client’s needs. The ATIP Office provided general training on the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and their impact on Board programs and initiatives.

ATIP staff also participated in orientation sessions where information was provided to new Board employees regarding obligations under both Acts.

During the reporting period, Yvon Gauthier Info-Training provided one full-day intensive training sessions for designated Board staff, two half-day sessions were available for all NEB staff and one half-day session with a focus on Privacy; 34 participants registered in these sessions. NEB staff also participated in a specialized session in order to assist the Board in developing a strategy to determine the areas in which the Board collects, retains, uses and discloses personal information that may require additional Privacy Impact Assessments to be undertaken or revised Personal Information Banks and/or Classes of Personal Information and a full day workshop on exemptions and the exercise of discretion.

Access to Information and Privacy Training is mandatory at the National Energy Board. The training is an ongoing initiative that will be carried on during the 2014-2015 fiscal year and reported upon at a later date.

In addition, the Board’s Information and Document Services Team delivered sessions with colleagues in Records Management and Security Management highlighting horizontal linkages between ATIP, Security and Records Management, and our electronic corporate records repository (RDIMS). Employees who attend these sessions develop a complete awareness of their responsibilities and are more able to responsibly handle information at the National Energy Board.

VII. New or revised policies and guidelines

The National Energy Board continues to revise and refine its procedures guide and ensures compliance with the process to account for the completeness of searches for Privacy Act requests. Responsible officials are required to prepare a statement of completeness and must attest that a thorough search has been performed, that the recommendations for exemption are provided with a rationale and that they have considered and abided by the principles supporting the duty to assist the requester.

Procedures were streamlined to better assist the offices of primary interest with their retrieval processes to ensure that established timelines are respected.

During the reporting period, the Board improved and communicated the following new documents related to the implementation of privacy legislation and a privacy culture at the Board:

  • Web Site Privacy Policy
  • Options for Structural Design of a Privacy Management Framework
  • Breeches and Incidents Policy
  • Short Privacy Breeches and Incidents Procedure
  • Comprehensive Privacy Breeches and Incidents Procedure
  • Privacy Impact Assessment Policy
  • Procedure for the Conduct of Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Privacy Policy and Guidelines for the Collection, Creation, Management and Handling of Personal Information
  • The Privacy Concept
  • Creating Meaningful and Privacy Compliant Records
  • Privacy and the Management of Human Resources
  • Privacy and Communications
  • Privacy and Contracting

The NEB also developed a Compliance Obligations Report and an Assessment of Evident Collections of Personal Information.

VIII. Complaints / Investigations

No privacy complaints were received and no audits or investigations were concluded during the reporting period.

IX. Privacy Impact Assessments

The Board initiated a Privacy Impact Assessment during the reporting period for its Participant Funding Program (PFP). The PIA was accepted by the OIC in December 2013. The Treasury Board Secretariat also registered the Personal Information Bank for the PFP in December 2013.

X. Disclosures made pursuant to paragraph 8(2)(m) of the Privacy Act

The National Energy Board did not make any disclosures under paragraph 8(2)(m) during the reporting period.

XI. Enhancing Support and Sustaining Compliance

Senior management at the National Energy Board supports the development and implementation of a Privacy Management Framework; this will enable a more effective management of privacy within the NEB and facilitate compliance with Treasury Board Secretariat Policy and Directives obligations.

The Board has undertaken a review of all collections of personal information the NEB collects, retains, uses and discloses in order to meet Treasury Board Secretariat requirements and the Privacy Act legislation. This is an ongoing initiative that will be carried forward during the  2014-2015 fiscal year. Focusing on improved accountability, the Framework will include clear roles and responsibilities for Board staff and ATIP, improved monitoring of personal information, procedures to ensure that the ATIP office is notified of any personal information collection, a revised Privacy Impact Assessment process, options for renewed privacy governance, and more targeted awareness building and training for officials responsible for privacy information.

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