BC FIPA’s Submission on NAFTA Consultation

July 18, 2017

FIPA’s Submission on NAFTA Consultation

With the US government’s extremely concerning list of objectives for the upcoming NAFTA negotiations put forth yesterday by the US Trade Representative, BC FIPA has sent Minister Freeland and Global Affairs Canada our submission regarding the dangers facing our information and privacy rights in the coming NAFTA negotiations.

BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has been identified as a trade barrier by the Americans, who are looking to eliminate domestic data storage laws. Our information and privacy rights must not become a bargaining chip in negotiations about trade in goods and services. Read our submission in full here.

We also have an article in Policy Options that further highlights the importance of protecting domestic data storage laws. You can read it here.

**UPDATE**

October 3, 2017

BC FIPA submitted a written submission to the Standing Committee on International Trade highlighting the importance of domestic data storage laws, and how they must be protected during the NAFTA renegotiations. See our submission in full here.

FIPA, BCCLA protest Elections BC ‘advertising’ guidelines

On February 1st, Elections BC released their “Handmade Election Advertising” bulletin in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgement last Thursday which clarified Election BC’s previous erroneous interpretation of BC’s Election Act’s third party spending provisions.

The Bulletin is plainly and obviously inconsistent with the SCC Judgment in many respects. See our joint letter with the BC Civil Liberties Association here.

Complaint to OIPC re BC Government posting individual FOI requests

On May 18, 2016, FIPA and the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a complaint with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC relating to their investigation  into “the disclosure of details of active freedom of information requests on the Open Information website.”

We point to a number of issues with the BC government’s seemingly out-of-the-blue announcement that it intends to begin posting summaries of active FOI requests on its Open Information website beginning this Friday, May 20.

Download the complaint letter.

Reform of the Access to Information Act: Past time for Action

On Wednesday, May 12, 2016, FIPA presented recommendations for reform of the Access to Information Act to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) in Ottawa.

Download the submission

“Given the oft acknowledged and longstanding crisis in the access to information system in this country, it is surprising and disappointing that the government has postponed the comprehensive review of the Access to Information Act to 2018. As you have heard from a number of witnesses—including from the Information Commissioner—the backlog of needed amendments is extensive. That work should be started sooner rather than later.”