As part of their commitment to the viability of non-profit organizations in BC, VanCity Credit Union and the Law Foundation of British Columbia have joined forces to fund a new privacy training project. Four workshops, to be delivered by FIPA, will provide 160 staff members of non-profit groups with low-cost training on how to implement a new privacy law that comes into effect in BC on January 1, 2003.
The federal government has passed the Protection of Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). This act sets out rules that protect the privacy of personal information that is collected, used, and disclosed in the private sector. All provincially regulated businesses and non-profit organizations are required to comply with the key principles contained in the PIPEDA by January 1, 2004. The BC government has introduced a parallel law called the Personal Information Protection Act to adapt these principles to our own province.
These privacy principles will have a major impact on non-profit organizations. Among other critical requirements, they will require non-profits to conduct an audit of personal information practices, appoint and train a Privacy Officer, and develop and implement privacy policies and procedures.
VanCity and the Law Foundation recognise that training staff in the requirements of the new laws will be difficult for many members of the non-profit community. Accordingly, they have awarded grants to the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) to fund the delivery of four full-day educational workshops entitled “Implementing Privacy Laws – a Workshop For Non Profit Organizations.”
FIPA is Canada’s leading education and advocacy group on privacy and freedom of information and has consulted extensively with the federal and provincial governments on the development of privacy laws.
There are a few spaces left in the remaining workshops, which will take place in October and November 2003. If you are interested in applying to attend, please dowload the application form, complete it and send it to FIPA immediately. You may email it to email@example.com, fax it to (604) 739-9148, or post it to 103-1093 W. Broadway, Vancouver BC V6H 1E2.
Please note that workshop capacity is limited and FIPA will select participants based on the extent of their resources and their need for training in order to deliver services to the public.