Access to information provides an opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to address a lack of Transparency.
Whenever parents, teachers, and students want to get involved and shape the course of education policy, access to information provides them the knowledge to make informed decisions and recommendations.
On the privacy front, public education is not for sale. Moving the personal information of parents, teachers, and students to foreign jurisdictions increases the risk of monetizing that data and diminishes a right to be forgotten as some of our allies’ lobby to end, end to end encryption.
Bill 22 opens the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act for substantive changes for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately, if passed, this Bill will undermine access to information and make public bodies less transparent. It is a step backwards for openness and accountability, and a missed opportunity to improve the information rights of British Columbians.