The Commissioner’s role is to oversee both the ATIPPA and the PHIA, to try to ensure that the laws are being followed, and to investigate complaints from citizens who believe the laws are not being followed. The province’s current Information and Privacy Commissioner is Ed Ring.
Ed Ring has had a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces (Army) spanning 34 years, serving with both the Regular and Reserve components. He began his service in 1969 and was commissioned in 1973 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. Mr. Ring graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1973 and was posted to his first unit in Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick. He went on to serve in a number of provinces in Canada as well as England, South Wales and West Germany. During his career, he progressed through the rank structure being assigned to progressively more responsible and demanding positions, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Commander, Land Forces Atlantic area in 2001, on being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. Mr. Ring retired from the military in December 2003.
Mr. Ring transferred to the Reserve Component of the military coincidental with the commencement of his employment with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Ring served as Director, Policing Services with the Department of Justice for four years. Subsequently he moved to the Public Service Commission in 1997 and initially worked as a Staffing Officer and from 2002 to 2007 as Director of Appeal and Investigation Division. Mr. Ring was appointed Information and Privacy Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador on December 17, 2007 and was reappointed for another two year term on June 26, 2012.