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New law a big leap for privacy rights in BC, but government must fund it adequately

Vancouver – FIPA, BC’s leading advocacy group for freedom of information and privacy rights, is declaring legislation introduced this week by the BC Liberals “an enormous leap for privacy rights.” But the group is also warning that the law will be a failure unless the government gives BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner adequate resources to […]

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BC FIPA’s comments on Bill 38, the Personal Information Protection Act, submitted to the Minister of Management Services – 15 May 2003

Bill 38 is a very good piece of privacy legislation and a breakthrough for privacy rights at the provincial level. BC has shown strong leadership among the provinces in moving forward with a private-sector privacy bill that has real teeth. For this, great credit is due to yourself and also to Chris Norman and Sharon […]

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BC FIPA Comments on Proposal for Nat’l ID Card

BC FIPA presented its comments before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Public Safety on the proposal to create a national identity card. [A] national ID card would be: hugely expensive; just as subject to fraud, privacy abuses, and security breaches as current systems of identification; and not likely to be more effective in preventing […]

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THE LAWFUL ACCESS PROPOSALS: WHY CANADIANS SHOULD SAY “NO” TO EXPANDED ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE BY POLICE

Darrell Evans of BC FIPA gave a speech on Lawful Access to the Frontiers of Privacy and Security conference in Victoria today. Darrell highlighted some of the concerns that BC FIPA has with the direction that the Federal government is taking in the context of Lawful Access. FIPA’s view in a nutshell is that we […]

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Key Recommendations for Reform of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

BC FIPA has published a list of key recommendations for reform to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act). FIPA calls for a number of improvements: reinforcing the ‘public interest’ provision under s. 25; limiting what the government can do without consent; increasing the responsibility of public bodies to respond fully […]

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FIPA comments on Lawful Access Consultation Document

FIPA has submitted comments on the federal government’s Lawful Access Consultation Document to the Department of Justice, Industry Canada, and the Solicitor General today. The federal government initiated consultations earlier this year and BC FIPA hosted two workshops on the Lawful Access proposals and received input from over 45 groups and individuals that have helped […]

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Rights groups rally to support Privacy Commissioner In opposition to ‘big brother’ database on travellers

Vancouver – Public interest groups across Canada are uniting to support the Privacy Commissioner’s fight against government programs that are excessively eroding privacy rights in the name of security. Heading the list of programs opposed is the massive new surveillance database created by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) to monitor Canadians and other […]

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FIPA Calls for Reform of BC’s FOI Act

We are writing to give you the comments of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) on the ongoing process of reform of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPP Act”).

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BC FIPA makes submission on Draft Community Charter

Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services released a draft of the proposed Community Charter on May 28, 2002. At the time the Minister invited submissions by “all groups and individuals who wish to do so.” Today FIPA presented its submission to the Minister which is critical of several aspects of the Draft. [A] declared […]

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Submission on the Reform of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Consultation

BC FIPA has made submission to the Minister of Management Services, the Hon. Sandy Santori, regarding the ongoing process of reform of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA” or “the Act”). Our submission comments on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2002; our recommendations for additional amendments […]

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Public Health and Safety Threatened by Creation of Unaccountable Quasi-governmental Bodies

The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is calling on the federal government to extend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act to a long list of quasi-governmental bodies it has created over the past decade. These bodies create public policy, spend billions of dollars of public money, and in some […]

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BC FIPA letter to Senate Committee regarding Bill C-27 and quasi-governmental bodies – 17 May 2002

BC FIPA has sent a letter to Senator Nicholas W. Taylor, Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources regarding the creation of a quasi-governmental body if Bill C-27 is enacted. BC FIPA is concerned that this body has significant power over decisions that affect the public, responsibility for enormous spending […]

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