BC FIPA grades the performance of the BC Government on FOI, 2001-2004

In their 2001 “New Era” platform, the BC Liberals promised to bring in “the most open, accountable and democratic government in Canada.”

Research by FIPA shows that the Liberal government has done much more to erode open government during their four years in office than they have done to enhance it. In fact, they have accelerated actions begun under the NDP to undermine the freedom of information act and re-assert strict government control over access to information.

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BC FIPA publishes “PIPEDA and Identity Theft: Solutions for Protecting Canadians”

In the summer of 2004, ID theft was a hot issue. Since then, it has exploded.

There has been a flurry of activity in Canada and the United States, as regulators and companies alike struggle to keep up with the rapid growth in this white collar crime. Consequently, while the research has progressed, it has been a constant struggle to keep up with the fast-breaking news events and the subsequent policy and legislative responses of governments. We have focused on providing advice and analysis on how to protect the rights of the individual, through the use of existing law, policy, standards, and management practices.

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Privacy and the USA Patriot Act – Recommendations of the OIPC and Status of Implementation by Government – Jan 2005

BC FIPA has compiled a table of the recommendations of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia (OIPC) regarding amendments to the BCFreedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and their level of implementation by the government. Very few of the recommendations have been implemented.

Download the table (pdf).