The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She is not an employee of the government and her decisions are, therefore, independent from the government of the day. She is, therefore, able to be impartial when carrying out duties under the Act.
If you wish to request the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review the decision made by the government agency to refuse access to certain information, or if you object to the release of personal information about yourself to a third party, you must make a formal request in writing to the Commissioner within 30 days of being advised of the government's decision.
The Information and Privacy Commissioner will give everyone involved the opportunity to tell her why they feel the information should or should not be released. She will then make a recommendation to the government agency involved based on her review of the documents in question and the Act. The government agency may accept the recommendations made, reject them or make some other decision as to how to deal with the matter.
If you are not happy with the decision made by the government agency after this process is completed, you may apply to the Nunavut Court of Justice for a binding decision on the matter.
There is no fee payable to request the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review a decision by the government agency to deny information.