Frank Work, Information and Privacy Commissioner, had received two complaints against the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (“the AGLC”). The Complainants questioned the amount of personal information collected by AGLC from its application package for licence/registration. The Complainants also questioned the extent of AGLC’s collection, which includes information about individuals other than the applicant applying for a licence/registration.
The application package is part of the background check conducted by AGLC to determine whether or not it would grant a licence or registration. AGLC uses the application package to collect information from the applicant, persons associated with the applicant (referred to as “associated persons”), persons associated with an associated person, and any other person determined by AGLC.
The investigation finds that AGLC’s collection of personal information from its application package is expressly authorized under section 9 and section 9.1 of the Gaming and Liquor Regulation. This is in accordance with section 33(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“the FOIP Act”) [collection expressly authorized by an enactment].
The investigation also finds that section 9 and section 9.1 of the Gaming and Liquor Regulation allows AGLC to collect information directly from individuals or to collect information about individuals from other sources. This is in accordance with section 34(1) [direct collection], section 34(1)(a)(i) [indirect collection authorized by the individual], and section 34(1)(a)(ii) [indirect collection authorized by another Act or a regulation under another Act] of the FOIP Act.
Therefore, the investigation concludes that AGLC’s collection of personal information from its application package for licence/registration complies with the collection provisions set out in the FOIP Act.