FIPA and the BC Civil Liberties Association have released a joint submission to an all-party committee of the BC Legislature that is currently reviewing the province’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). PIPA protects the privacy of personal information held by provincially-regulated businesses and non-profit groups.
FIPA and BCCLA have called for improvements to the act in order to give individuals
- better knowledge of what corporations do with their personal information
- easier access when they want to see the personal information a corporation has collected about them
- more control over what corporations are allowed to do with personal information
- better protection of personal information, especially when corporations transmit it outside of Canada, and
- prompt notification when when security breaches place their personal information at risk.
The submission also calls for stronger penalties for breaches of the act.
This is the first review of the act since it was passed in 2003. The purpose of the PIP Act is to ensure that private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information in ways that protect personal privacy.