Q&A

Privacy Issues

Question: Can a municipality put the complete cemetery record, such as names, dates of births and deaths, and locations of burial sites, on a web page?
Answer: This information is the personal information of individuals. The disclosure (by a municipality) would be an unreasonable invasion of privacy if the individuals have been dead for less than 25 years (section 17(2)(i) of the Alberta FOIP Act).

However, a public body may disclose personal information of a deceased person that is available to the public (section 40(1)(bb)), such as information in a published obituary or information that is observable on a headstone in a cemetery.