What are my rights?
In British Columbia, your information and privacy rights are
protected by law. Your right to request records and the protection
of your personal information is laid out in two pieces of
- The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
Act ("FIPPA"), which applies to more than 2,900 public bodies
such as ministries, crown corporations, local governments, schools,
hospitals, local police forces and governing bodies; and
- The Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA"),
which applies to more than 300,000 private organizations like
corporations, non-profit societies, and professional
Your access rights
In B.C., you have the right to request access to records in both
the public and private sector.
In the public sector, FIPPA gives you the right to request
records that contain your own personal information, as well as
records such as reports, audits, and financial information of the
In the private sector, PIPA gives you the right to request
access to your own personal information in the custody or control
of a private sector organization.
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Your privacy rights
Both FIPPA and PIPA set out the rules public bodies and
organizations must follow when handling your personal information,
- Collection: There are rules that govern who can collect
your personal information, how they can collect it, and when and
how you must be informed.
- Use: You have the right to know how and why your personal
information is being used by an organization or a public body. The
general rule is that it must only be used for the same purpose for
which it was collected.
- Disclosure: Releasing or sharing your personal
information is only permitted in very particular circumstances and
required lawful authority.
- Protection: Organizations and public bodies that have
collected your personal information must secure it against
unauthorized access. You have the right to know who is responsible
for protecting your personal information, and who can answer your
- Correction: You have the right to ensure that your
personal information being used by organizations and public bodies
is correct. You also have the right to request a