Information Access & Privacy (FOIPOP)

The Minister of Justice is the Minister responsible for the administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP).

The Department of Internal Services responsible for how the government administers the FOIPOP legislation on a daily basis. The Information Access and Privacy Administrator for the Department of Justice is listed below.

Routine Access

Routine Access is the routine or automatic release, in full or in part, of certain types of administrative or operational records without having to submit a formal application for records under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A list of the records routinely provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice can be found under schedule A and B of the departments’ routine access policy. The routine access policies of other government departments, agencies, boards and commissions are usually accessible through listings on website home pages.


Department of Justice Privacy Policy


Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act

On July 14, 2006, government passed the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act (PIIDPA.) This Act was created to provide further privacy protection, and at the same time respond to Nova Scotian concerns about the vulnerability of public body and municipal personal information holdings to foreign access and disclosure.

PIIDPA came into effect on November 15, 2006. The Act prohibits public sector organizations, universities, municipalities and their service providers from allowing foreign storage, disclosure, or access to their personal information except to meet the “necessary requirements” of a public body’s or municipality’s operation. It also requires any individual in these organizations to report any demand by a foreign court for disclosure of Nova Scotians’ personal information. The Act provides substantial fines of up to $500,000 if the law is violated.

A copy of the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act can be located on the Legislative Council website.  For further explanation of the statute see frequently asked questions.

For more information on PIIDPA, contact:


For a request for records, a request to correct personal information, or a privacy breach complaint, with the Department of Justice please contact:

Crystal McGraw, IAP Administrator
(902) 424-6572

Mail Address:
PO Box 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
Fax: (902) 722-1153

Routine Access Requests at Justice: