The Privacy Office (University Secretariat) is responsible for ensuring organizational compliance with relevant legislation, acting as a source of advice, guidance, and policy direction to ensure McMaster complies with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), and other relevant legislation.
McMaster University is committed to openness and transparency of its operations, activities, policies, and procedures through regular publications, training and online resources. At this time, staff are working remotely, and responding to email on a priority basis, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and will reply to emails as soon as possible. Mail will be received intermittently during the physical closure of the office. For further information or if you have any questions about the legislation in relation to the university please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 is an Ontario law that governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information within the health sector. The object is to keep personal health information confidential and secure, while allowing for the effective delivery of health care. Under this legislation, persons and organizations that provide health care are collectively known as health information “custodians.
If you require secure document destruction, request a confidential waste bin from Facility Services with an online service request or call ext. 24740. The service is bi-weekly and costs $14.00. Confidential Waste Bin distribution is managed by the Director, Custodial Services. When working remotely, retain documents that require secure destruction until you have access to on-campus confidential waste bins.
Eduroam provides roaming wireless network access for external students, staff, and faculty at partner institutions.
All McMaster faculty, staff, and students are invited to take the Primer on Privacy course. University staff and faculty must complete mandatory privacy training. The Primer on Privacy is a self-directed course available through Avenue to Learn, and includes a series of videos with resources that can be completed according to your schedule. Instructions to self-register through MOSAIC are available here – HOW TO REGISTER, as well as an FAQ. Students interested in learning more about privacy may also register to complete the Primer on Privacy. For issues with the course, please contact the Privacy Office
All University employees who have access to personal health information during their employment and are involved directly or indirectly in the provision of patient care, must complete mandatory training each year. If you aren’t sure if the training applies to you or your role, speak to your manager. This course is available for self-registration through MOSAIC. For issues with the course, please contact the Privacy Office