How does a child’s age affect the parent’s right of access to personal information?

Until a child turns 18, their parents or guardians have a right under the Education Act to examine the child’s OSR, without the child’s consent.71 Where a student of 16 or 17 has withdrawn from parental control, this right would likely not apply.

Until a child turns 16, anyone having lawful custody of the child has a right under MFIPPA to access the child’s record of personal information on behalf of the child, without the child’s consent being required.72

71. Education Act, s. 266(3)
72. MFIPPA, s. 54(c)

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