Vancouver Police board to reconsider policy of simultaneous release of FOI requests

The Vancouver police board will review the department’s policy of releasing information requested under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act simultaneously to both the requester and the public, after being told by FOI advocates it is not adhering to the spirit of the law.

On Wednesday Vincent Gogolek, the executive director of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, said the Vancouver police department remains the lone holdout on a questionable policy that many view as a deterrent to people asking for information under the act.

FIPA letter of submission to Vancouver Police Board

Read the full Vancouver Sun article