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On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

As part of our efforts to recognize the importance of the events and actions past and present that surround this date, FIPA wishes to highlight work being done in the area. Legal Perspectives Indigenous Canadian Conceptions of Privacy: A Legal Primer In 2019, while at Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, Kimberly Gee was recognized by the Canadian […]

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2021 FIPA BCTF Joint Letter to Ministers

We write today to ask for clarity from each of your Ministries with respect to the announcement made by School District No 79 Cowichan Valley (SD79) to put in place overt video surveillance on the interior and exterior of their school buses, and with respect to the broader issues that this announcement raises. This project was announced by the school district in April of this year via Facebook and was made possible by a $150,000 allocation in provincial and federal funding from the “Safe Return to Class Fund.”

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2021 Federal Election Letters

Working with our partners in the Right to Information Alliance of Canada (RTIAC) we sent letters to the major political parties to determine what their commitment is to greater Government Transparency. The Individual letters to the parties and the responses received are at the bottom of this page. RTIAC Letters to Parties – RTIAC Questions – […]

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2021 FIPA Election Guide

With the start of Canada’s Federal Election campaign, the Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) has released their 2021 FIPA Election Guide. Taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic, this election will be different from previous ones. “The Pandemic highlighted many long-standing issues in accessing information from public bodies at all levels and in protecting peoples privacy.”  according to […]

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Transparency News Stories RFP

Transparency Spotlight is a searchable table of over 6,500 news stories informed through Access to Information requests. Released this summer FIPA is treating this as a great opportunity to further develop the resource. For that we need your help. FIPA is seeking contributors who can bring their insights and expertise to maintain, develop and expand […]

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Spotlight on Transparency

FIPA has added a new public resource. Transparency Spotlight can be found under the Research and Resources Section. This is a searchable table of over 6,500 news stories informed through Access to Information requests that will be added to and expanded going forward. Transparency Spotlight shows the important role access to information plays in research […]

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2021 Information Access and Privacy Survey

The Ministry of Citizens’ Services launched an online survey soliciting input on access to government information and the protection of privacy. The Ministry says it will use this input to make improvements to the rules surrounding access to information and protection of personal information. The survey is open until 4pm PT on July 15, 2021.   We were hoping for a […]

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2021 AGM Notice

The 2021 Annual General Meeting is an ideal opportunity to hear highlights of the Association’s work over the past year and our key priorities going forward. We will conduct regular AGM business and elect our Board members. This AGM also includes a Special Resolution presented to the members for approval.  When: Thursday, July 20, 2021 from 6:00 PM […]

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Press Release

This release and statement were placed on line on June 16th, 2021 at 10:00 am. That afternoon as a motion without notice was made in the BC Legislature to appoint the special committee to review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The government of the day continues to abandon its commitment to improve accountability […]

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NEWS RELEASE: 2020 Information Summit launches September 30

VANCOUVER, September 17, 2020 – The Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is pleased to announce the details for our Information Summit 2020 and our first events slated to be held during Right to Know week.  In prior years, Information Summit has been an opportunity for speakers and professionals to gather, network and explore issues and concepts around information, transparency and privacy. COVID-19 means the all-day conference is not happening, but the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of […]

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NEWS RELEASE: New report highlights gaps in student privacy in BC’s K-12 education system.

VANCOUVER, September 17, 2020 – The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) has released their latest report Troubling clouds: Gaps affecting privacy protection in British Columbia’s K-12 education system.    “The government is setting the system up for failure.” according to Jason Woywada BC FIPA Executive Director. “Without the resources, guidance and supports they need, teachers, schools, and districts are making the best of a bad situation. The result puts personal information in the system at risk.”  […]

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2020 Information Summit: Trust through Transparency presents “Troubling Clouds”

FIPA’s latest report is titled: Troubling Clouds: Gaps affecting privacy protection in British Columbia’s K-12 education system. This meeting is a virtual face to face with report author Matthew A. J. Levine as he details his findings and recommendations that impact anyone in K-12. The report exposes that whether in the classroom or online BC’s patchwork approach […]

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