On June 30th, the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario issued an interim order regarding a request for records of a school board’s threat assessment process – a request made by the student who was the subject of the assessment.
The IPC held that input given by student witnesses was exempt because its disclosure would constitute an unjustified invasion of privacy and that opinions expressed by members of the board’s threat assessment team were exempt because their disclosure could reasonably be expected to threaten the members’ safety. This is decision rests on the facts before the IPC in this case, though sets out a roadmap for shielding the most sensitive information in a threat assessment file.
The IPC decided to give notice to staff members before deciding whether information related to them (other than opinions) should be released. The matter continues.
Toronto Catholic District School Board (Re), 2017 CanLII 45048 (ON IPC).