BC FIPA has sent its submission to the Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics on the impacts of social media and ‘Big Data’ on privacy and the rights of citizens and the policy considerations that should be explored by the Committee in the context of amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Protection of Electronic Documents Act via Bill C-12.
As more and more of our personal information circulates through complex global communication networks via social media platforms and apps, our conceptions of what privacy is, how it is safeguarded, and how it operates are challenged. It is important to stress … that such challenges have not diminished the democratic, personal, and social value of privacy.
Quite the opposite: as our lives become more deeply integrated with our social networking technologies, the costs of non-consensual privacy invasions dramatically increase. It is no overstatement to claim that a person’s livelihood, safety and well being are now powerfully connected to the security of their information. As such, the need for a legislative and policy framework capable of addressing emerging conceptions of privacy is acute.