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Information and Privacy
School Program
Bob Spence, Communication Co-ordinator
Robert Binstock, Registrar
Purpose of this Presentation
• What is the purpose of the IPC School
• How was the IPC School Program
• What is the IPC School Program?
• How can copies of the IPC School Program
materials be obtained?
What is the Purpose of the IPC
School Program?
• The IPC acts independently of government
to uphold and promote open government
and the protection of personal privacy.
• The purpose of the School Program is to
help satisfy our public education mandate.
How was the IPC School
Program Developed?
• Curriculum/Educational Consultant
• IPC Staff
• Teachers/Consultants reviewed material
What is the IPC School
• The program is called What Students Should
Know About Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy.
• A series of classroom activities delivered by
a teacher.
What is the IPC School
• Program materials consist of a customdesigned teacher’s guide which includes:
– Background information on the law;
– List of reference materials; and
– Activities focusing on various aspects of open
government and privacy protection.
What is the IPC School
• Grade 5 Program:
– Complements the Social Studies unit called
Aspects of Government in Canada.
• Grade 10 Program:
– Addresses the Civics course requirements for
teachers to cover the topics of freedom of
information and protection of privacy.
What is the IPC School
• Program uses a variety of classroom
activities, including:
newspaper articles
case studies
a day in the life of a student
Internet-based research
Grade 5 Examples
Using the Act
• Uses humour to
introduce the value of
freedom of information.
• Caption: “Using the
Freedom of Information
Act, Charlie is sent a list
of things they put in hot
Practical Use of the Act
River Polluted Chalk River, Ont. For nearly 20 years, the nuclear
complex in Chalk River leaked more
than 4,000 litres of radioactive water
each and every day through the soil to
the Ottawa River.
But an access to information request
filed by Lynn Jones of nearby
Pembroke shows the leak carried large
amounts of radioactive water into the
river, which supplies drinking water for
many communities downstream, for
nearly two decades.
May 29, 1997
A Canadian Press story published in the Globe and
Mail. All material copyright The Canadian Press.
• Demonstrates the
practical use of FOI
legislation in Ontario.
Thinking about Individual Rights
• Statements:
– I should know if a book club is
going to sell my personal
– My teacher should provide me
with a list of the home
addresses of all the students in
my class.
– I should be able to find out
how my asthma medication
will affect me.
– A store should not have to tell
me that it is videotaping me
while I shop.
• Students given series of
• In groups, asked to
identify if they
Agree/Disagree/Not Sure.
• Turn into “Rights”
• Used to “break the ice”
with students and to
introduce the concepts of
collection and use of
personal information.
Privacy Alert
YES! Please enroll me in the CHAPTER EATERS’
BOOK CLUB at the special introductory price of
Boy Girl Grade
Student’s First Name Last
Postal Code
Telephone Number (include area code)
Birth date
Kinds of books you like to read
Favourite musical group
3 TV shows you watch regularly
Sports you play
Favourite running shoes
Hockey team you like best
Favourite video games
Video games you like to play
Parent’s Name
Parent’s Occupation
Age Parent’s Signature
• Practical example of
collection of personal
• Students complete form.
• We encourage students
to become “watchdogs”
to protect their personal
Grade 10 Examples
Freedom of Information Matters
• Through the review of newspaper articles,
the students examine;
– the concept of open government and its
importance as a public value; and
– how freedom of information laws reflect this
value and the importance they play in ensuring
government accountability.
Contrast in Access to Information
• Chalk River article used in Grade 5 is also
used in Grade 10
• Students read an article from a Belarusian
scientist, about the secrecy surrounding the
nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.
• Students contrast the access issues in the
two articles.
Canada’s Government
• Introduces students to the concepts of “open
government” and “individual rights” within
the governments of Canada.
• Students discuss the meaning of the phrases
“freedom of information” and “protection of
Personal Information and
Privacy Matters
• The students examine the concepts of personal
information and privacy through activities such as:
Privacy Quiz;
A Day in the Life of a Student
Privacy Tips
Consumer and Workplace Privacy: Using the Web
Case Studies: Privacy at Risk?
Researching Student Questions
• The teacher keeps a record of students’
questions raised during the activities.
• Students work in groups to research and
prepare a response to a question.
Student Presentations
• Each group of students will present to the
class the response to the question they
• The group will also present recommendations
for changes to help improve the freedom of
information and protection of privacy system.
Assessment Activities for Teachers
• Each teacher’s guide includes assessment
activities for teachers to assess:
– each student’s understanding of the new
– and each student’s ability to apply his/her
understanding in written, oral and visual forms.
Teacher Feedback Form
• Each teacher’s guide includes a teacher
feedback form.
• The IPC seeks feedback on the
appropriateness and effectiveness of the
Ask an Expert - Speaker Program
• Grade 5 – IPC staff member completes the first
activity with the class.
• Grade 10 – IPC staff member attends class to
answer student questions as the last activity.
• Limited number of speakers, focused in the
Greater Toronto area.
How Can Copies of the School
Program be Obtained?
• Copies available after presentation.
• Download from IPC Web site at:
• Contact Bob Spence at (416) 326-3939,
toll free at 1-800-387-0073, or via e-mail at:
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