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The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) regulates the information and privacy practices of "public bodies" including provincial government ministries, local governments, crown corporations, local police forces, schools, and hospitals to name a few. FIPPA requires public bodies to have privacy management programs and to report to affected individuals and the OIPC any privacy breaches that might reasonably be expected to cause significant harm.

Read on for information about FIPPA and how to comply with the law.

An effective privacy program is comprehensive and consistent, with clear evidence of how your agency complies with the law. This guidance document will help public agencies build a privacy program step by step.
What should you do after a privacy breach? When and how should you report a privacy breach to our office and affected individuals? This guidance document answers these pressing questions.
BC's privacy laws authorize public bodies to disclose an individual's personal information in emergency situations. This guidance document details the circumstances under which these disclosures can be made.
Submitting a time extension? Use this guide to make sure your application includes all the information we need to review your request.
The OIPC has updated surveillance guidance for the public sector. This is a must-read for any agency considering video or audio surveillance.
The core policies and procedures of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner are laid out in this handbook, including time extensions, complaints, reviews, and deemed refusals.