(1) Where an information privacy request is made or transferred to an agency, the agency may extend the time limit set out in section 39 or section 40(1) in respect of the request if—
(a) the request is for a large quantity of information or necessitates a search through a large quantity of information, and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the agency; or
(b) consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.
(2) Any extension under subsection (1) shall be for a reasonable period of time having regard to the circumstances.
(3) The extension shall be effected by giving or posting notice of the extension to the individual who made the request within 20 working days after the day on which the request is received.
(4) The notice effecting the extension shall—
(a) specify the period of the extension; and
(b) give the reasons for the extension; and
(c) state that the individual who made the request for the information has the right, under section 67, to make a complaint to the Commissioner about the extension; and
(d) contain such other information as is necessary.
Compare: 1982 No 156 s 15A; 1987 No 8 s 9(1); 1987 No 174 s 14