Online Training

FOIP: Focus on Privacy is an interactive online course designed as self-managed training for all employees of public bodies to increase basic awareness of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The course focuses on FOIP issues most relevant to the day-to-day activities of public body employees. Upon completion, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • What is personal information
  • What the purposes of FOIP are
  • Collection, use and disclosure of personal information under FOIP
  • Protecting personal information
  • How the public may access information
  • Offences and penalties under FOIP
  • Formal and informal complaint and oversight mechanisms



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*IMPORTANT NOTE* It is best to do the course in internet explorer if you can. Regardless of the browser however, cookies need to be enabled and compatibility mode needs to be turned on for the course to run properly. You can check these settings by clicking on the Tools tab of the toolbar on your browser.

Service Alberta is unable to provide a copy of the certificate.

The course takes 1 to 2 hours to complete and includes review questions and exercises designed to stimulate thinking and increase awareness about privacy concepts. The course does not need to be completed all at once. It can be stopped and started as necessary to accommodate your work schedule.

A certificate of completion is available to print at the end of the course. However, participation and completion of the course are not recorded.

Information Access and Protection, Service Alberta would like to thank the Access and Privacy Branch of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Government of Saskatchewan, for allowing us to adapt their verson of this course for use in Alberta.