FIPA Bulletin – December 2012

In this issue:

  • Big Wins, New Challenges: 2012 in Transparency
  • A new year means new ways to support FIPA
  • Privacy advocates raise red flags over C-12 surveillance measures
  • New parliamentary study tackles big data, social media, and privacy
  • Information Commissioner looks to overhaul Access to Information Act
  • BC Commish tries to limit license plate surveillance system
  • FIPA joins coalition against secretive trade deal
  • Upcoming event: Protecting Consitituent Privacy – Where to Start?

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BC FIPA Responds to Treasury Board Consultation on Open Government

BC FIPA has made its submission on Open Government in response to this somewhat ad hoc consultation, which was announced by the President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable Tony Clement, on December 6, 2011.

Our submission is highly critical of the nature of the consultation and its focus only on open data and technology.

We did not think it was possible to create a consultation document on Open Government without making a single mention of Access to Information, but [the Treasury Board] did it … [I]t is beyond belief that a government would [do this]. The system is in crisis and the government must act immediately to make the necessary legislative and other changes.

Read the full submission (pdf).

BC FIPA also refers to its previous submission on this topic presented to the Access to Information, Ethics and Privacy Committee (ETHI) of the House of Commons early last year. In that submission, we explained how ‘open data’ cannot replace much needed reforms to the Access to Information system.

Read the ETHI submission (pdf).

BC FIPA Presents Submissions on Info Commissioner’s 12 Reform Proposals

BC FIPA presented its submissions to the House of Commons Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) regarding Information Commissioner Robert Marleau’s 12 reform proposals.

FIPA’s view [is] that we now have in this country a consensus that Commissioner Reid’s draft bill, with the addition of full Order making power for the Information Commissioner, is the way to proceed, and that time is of the essence.

[The committee has] the opportunity to make a real difference by bringing forward this proposal, which has widespread support. Many of Commissioner Marleau’s proposals are useful, valuable even. FIPA does not believe that it is necessary to settle for half measures. The small steps may be needed, but the big step is no less necessary. And if you don’t take the big step, Canada will be left further and further behind

Read the full submission (pdf).

BC FIPA and BCCLA Grade the Government on its Implementation of Recommendations on PIPEDA

On November 26, 2006, BC FIPA and the BC Civil Liberties Association made several recommendations on improving the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

Today, both organizations jointly presented their evaluation of the government’s performance in responsding to those recommendations, as well as to the previous recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee.

Read the report (pdf). PIPEDA Review Submission – Jan 2008