Over the past few months, Dr. Carroll Boydell has been working on a BC FIPA research project comparing provincial and federal whistleblower legislation to international best practices. During the course of her research, she uncovered several best practices that are absent from existing legislation that would better protect whistleblowers and their families.
“Though protections exist for whistleblowers in Canada and the new BC legislation includes a number of best practice guidelines, the report uncovers several things that are overlooked by the patchwork of legislation that exists to protect whistleblowers today,” says Dr. Boydell. “It would be nice to see some of the best practices put forward in this paper be adopted by legislators, and for procedures currently being developed as a result of the BC legislation to incorporate any best practices not explicitly addressed in the legislation.”
The resulting paper from that research project will soon be published and available on our website.
In addition, Canada’s department for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development solicited feedback on their national digital and data strategy through roundtable discussions over the last few months. Although FIPA was not formally invited to participate in the roundtables, which were purported to be inclusive of civil society groups, we were able to make a submission during the consultation process.
Prepared by Samantha Delechantos, the submission compares data protection regulations in the European Union, through the General Data Protection Regulations, to Canada’s current data privacy framework. From this analysis, the author is able to make several recommendations on behalf of FIPA that will act to better protect the privacy of Canadians.
That submission will also soon be available on our website.