BC FIPA has responded to the questions posed by the Information Commissioner of Canada in relation to the consultation on needed reforms to the Access to Information Act (ATIA) The consultation is being undertaken in the context of the 30th anniversary of the passage of the ATIA.
BC FIPA proposes multiple amendments to the ATIA including expanding the scope of application (to Parliament for example), adopting a open definition of what bodies are covered, improving access for those with disabilities and those with literacy issues, eliminating the fees to file a request, introducing penalties for non-compliance, reducing the time-limit for responses and imposing a limit on time extensions, changing the exceptions for policy advice and Cabinet confidences, and improving the oversight of the ATIA by giving the Commissioner order-making powers.
Read all the responses (pdf).
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
BC FIPA and the BCCLA have made submissions regarding the statutory review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI).
This submission highlights a number of issues which must be addressed in order to ensure that the privacy of Canadians continues to be protected by this important piece of federal legislation.
The key issues and recommendations of the submission are:
- The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) should publicize complaints.
- The OPC should develop an effective education function.
- Fix the responses to security (data) breaches.
- Address Trans-border Data Flows of Personal Information.
- Address workplace privacy issues.
- Address the privacy implications of Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
- Confront the challenges of emerging privacy-threatening techonologies.
- Review sections in PIPEDA dealing with consent that are inadequate.
- Move away from an Ombudsman model and towards order-making powers for the Privacy Commissioner.
Read the full submission (pdf).