As a government-owned corporation, Hydro-Québec is subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information, commonly referred to as the Access Act. The Access Act enshrines two fundamental rights set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms: the right to information and the right to privacy.
Distribution of information
The Regulation respecting the distribution of information and the protection of personal information under the Access Act obliges public agencies to distribute information on their Web site to facilitate people’s access to various information concerning those agencies.
Right to information (access to documents)
“Every person has a right to information to the extent provided by law” (section 44 of the Charter) means that:
- any person is entitled to consult the documents held by Hydro-Québec and
- any person is entitled to know what information Hydro-Québec has about her or him.
Right to privacy (protection of personal information)
“Every person has a right to information to the extent provided by law” section 44 of the Charter) means that:
- Hydro-Québec may collect only the personal information necessary to run its business.
- With few exceptions, Hydro-Québec may not disclose any personal information it holds without the permission of the person concerned.