Investigation Reports

Investigation Reports

The Information and Privacy Commissioner has the legal authority to investigate the programs, policies or information systems of public bodies and private organizations in order to assess compliance with B.C.'s access and privacy laws, and also to comment on new developments.

Where there is a compelling public interest, or where a systemic investigation has taken place, the Commissioner may publish a detailed investigation report that sets out the particulars of that investigation including any findings of law and recommendations.

Leading Cases contain extensive discussion of a specific section of the Act. Consult the sectional index to learn more.

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F14-01 Apr 15, 2014 Use of Police Information Checks in British Columbia This report examines the increasing use of employment-related record checks, specifically what are k... more
F13-05 Dec 2, 2013 Public Body Disclosure of information under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Section 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) contains two ground... more
F13-04 Aug 1, 2013 Sharing of Personal Information as Part of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan The Commissioner initiated this investigation to determine whether there was sharing of personal inf... more
F13-03 Jul 25, 2013 Evaluating the Government of British Columbia's Open Government Initiative This report evaluates the Government of British Columbia’s open government initiative and whether it... more
F13-02 Jun 26, 2013 Ministry of Health This investigation examined three breaches of personal health data for research purposes that happen... more
F13-01 Mar 4, 2013 Increase in No Responsive Records to General Access to Information Requests: Government of British Columbia This report investigates the growth of “no responsive records” replies by the Government of British ... more
F12-04 Nov 15, 2012 Use of Automated Licence Plate Recognition technology by the Victoria Police Department This report examines the use of Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by the Victori... more
F12-03 Jul 25, 2012 Use Of Employment-Related Criminal Record Checks: Government Of British Columbia This investigation report examines whether the Government of British Columbia is conducting employme... more
Leading Case F12-02 Mar 29, 2012 University of Victoria On January 9, 2012 the University of Victoria notified the OIPC of a break-in that had occurred on c... more
F12-01 Feb 16, 2012 Investigation Into The Use Of Facial Recognition Technology By The Insurance Corporation Of British Columbia This investigation report examines the privacy issues associated with the use of facial recognition ... more
F11-03 Dec 19, 2011 British Columbia Hydro And Power Authority Investigation into the privacy and security of BC Hydro's smart meters.
F11-02 May 16, 2011 Investigation Into The Simultaneous Disclosure Practice Of BC Ferries In response to a complaint about the practice of BC Ferry Services Inc. to publicly post responses t... more
F11-01 Feb 15, 2011 Investigation Into A Privacy Breach Of Customers' Personal Information By The British Columbia Lottery Corporation The OIPC investigated a privacy breach of personal information of the BC Lottery Corporation's PlayN... more
F10-02 Mar 5, 2010 Review Of The Electronic Health Information System At Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Known As The Primary Access Regional Information System (“Paris”) The electronic health record system at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (“VCH”) known as the Prima... more
F10-01 Feb 8, 2010 Ministry Of Housing and Social Development, Ministry Of Children And Family Development On April 7, 2009 an employee of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (“MCFD”) was arreste... more
F09-01 Oct 8, 2009 Investigation Into Disclosure Of Jurors' Personal Information By The Insurance Corporation Of British Columbia In April 2009, ICBC advised a trial court judge that an ICBC claims adjuster had provided personal i... more
F08-03 Nov 4, 2008 Ministry Of Children & Family Development A reporter with the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper requested records from the Ministry of Childre... more
F08-02 May 7, 2008 Ministry of Health Four computer tapes containing personal information of residents of British Columbia and New Brunswi... more
Leading Case F08-01 Jan 22, 2008 Ministry Of Environment, Ministry Of Forests And Range The University of Victoria Environmental Law Clinic, on behalf of a group of eight environmental org... more
F07-01 Jun 20, 2007 Ministry Of Small Business & Revenue & Eds Advanced Solutions Inc. An employee of EDS, a Ministry service provider, was caught improperly browsing through a Ministry c... more
F06-02 Jun 7, 2006 Investigation Into Security Of Personal Information Held By Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Employee And Family Assistance Program The Employee and Family Assistance Program (“EFAP”) is a confidential employee-counselling service o... more
Leading Case F06-01 Mar 31, 2006 Sale Of Provincial Government Computer Tapes Containing Personal Information Examples abound these days of privacy breaches involving the unauthorized disclosure or acquisition ... more
02-01 Sep 30, 2002 Investigation Of A Patient Survey By The Children’s And Women’s Health Centre Of British Columbia In 2000, the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia (“Health Centre”) carried out ... more
01-01 Oct 5, 2001 Investigation Into BC Nurses’ Union Complaint About Telus-VGH LastWord Contract This investigation report addresses a complaint made by the B.C. Nurses’ Union regarding a package ... more
01-02 Sep 18, 2001 Investigation Into Canadian Youth, Sexual Health & HIV/Aids Study 2001 This document sets out the findings of fact, and resulting recommendations, of the Information and P... more
00-01 Oct 24, 2000 Investigation Into Use of Alumni Personal Information By Universities This document deals with concerns raised about British Columbia universities' involvement in marketi... more
P99-014 Mar 25, 1999 Report of an Investigation by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner into privacy complaints concerning the Provincial Learning Assessment Program of the Ministry of Education In mid-November 1998, a number of stories appeared in the print media regarding the Ministry of Educ... more
P99-013 Jan 5, 1999 An investigation into the disclosure of personal information concerning discipline matters by the British Columbia College of Teachers The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the Office) investigated the British Columbi... more
P98-012 Mar 31, 1998 Video surveillance by public bodies: a discussion This Investigation Report is the result of site visits to public bodies throughout the Province, inc... more
P98-011 Mar 31, 1998 An investigation concerning the disclosure of personal information through public property registries In September 1996, the City of Victoria announced it was becoming the first municipality in Canada t... more
P97-010 Jun 16, 1997 Report on an investigation by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner into a complaint regarding a disclosure of Personal information by the Vancouver Police Department The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the Office) received a complaint from a woma... more
P97-009 Mar 18, 1997 Complaints Against the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Concerning the Customer Appeal Program Survey and the Customer Satisfaction Survey This Investigation Report is the result of the investigation of two privacy complaints against the I... more
P97-008 Mar 3, 1997 Report on an investigation by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner into Privacy Complaints Concerning the Career and Personal Planning (CAPP) Curriculum of the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner received a number of complaints from parents ... more
P96-007 Nov 6, 1996 Delay in Responding To General Requests By The (Former) Ministry Of Social Services On September 28, 1995, in response to a complaint filed by a reporter for the Vancouver Sun, the Off... more
P96-006 Mar 31, 1996 An Investigation Into The Practices Of The Workers Compensation Board Of British Columbia With Respect To Disclosing Personal Information About Injured Workers To Employers The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has received several complaints regarding the... more
P95-005 Mar 31, 1995 Cars, People, And Privacy: Access To Personal Information Through The Motor Vehicle Data Base The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner anticipates that the publication of this repo... more
P95-004 Mar 22, 1995 A complaint by KF Media Inc. against the Vancouver Police Department concerning the television series "To Serve And Protect" In December 1994 the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner received a complaint from KF... more
P94-003 May 5, 1994 Release Of Personal Information By The Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission Of The Ministry Of Health And The Ministry Responsible For Seniors On 29 March 1994, a complainant faxed a letter to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissi... more
P94-002 Apr 29, 1994 Insurance Corporation Of British Columbia On April 8, 1994, the producer of the British Columbia Television (BCTV) "Weekend NewsHour" called t... more
P94-001 Apr 27, 1994 Investigation Into A Complaint That The Public Service Employee Relations Commission Released Personal Information To Mr. Jack Weisgerber, MLA (s. 42 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) The complainant, Jack Weisgerber, MLA, alleged that, in response to a routine request for records, t... more