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Jun 29, 2016 Ministry of Environment ordered to release soil test results from the Hullcar aquifer
Jun 28, 2016 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report about proactive disclosure of information related to the Hullcar aquifer
Jun 23, 2016 Improvements recommended in City of Vancouver’s freedom of information program
Jun 22, 2016 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release report about the City of Vancouver’s FOI program
Jun 20, 2016 University of Victoria students contribute blogs about privacy and surveillance
Jun 14, 2016 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding improper access of health records
Jun 8, 2016 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding proactive disclosure of current access requests
May 12, 2016 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding recommended changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
May 10, 2016 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding access to information reforms within government
Jan 28, 2016 Ministry of Education failed to protect personal information involving missing portable hard drive
Jan 27, 2016 B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report about Ministry of Education portable hard drive breach
Dec 16, 2015 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding David Loukidelis’ report to government
Nov 17, 2015 Information and Privacy Commissioner to present to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Nov 13, 2015 Commissioner and representative call for co-ordinated, comprehensive cyberbullying strategy
Nov 12, 2015 Joint release of report by B.C.’s representative for children and youth & information and privacy commissioner
Nov 10, 2015 Commissioner to review access to information practices of the City of Vancouver
Nov 2, 2015 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding government response to OIPC Investigation Report F15-03
Oct 22, 2015 Investigation reveals major deficiencies in the access to information practices of two government ministries and the Office of the Premier
Oct 21, 2015 B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report about alleged deletion of emails and two additional access to information requests
Sep 30, 2015 More attention needed by Health Authorities to avoid future privacy breaches
Sep 29, 2015 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release special report about how health authorities manage privacy breaches
Sep 29, 2015 Office of the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner to take part in SSHRC research project on big data surveillance
Sep 25, 2015 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner on Right to Know Week
Sep 22, 2015 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner on Ministry of Education breach
Sep 2, 2015 Global privacy guardians call for better privacy practices for children’s websites
Aug 13, 2015 Privacy guardians urge caution for businesses contemplating a Bring Your Own Device program
Jul 2, 2015 Commissioner issues report about Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach and duty to proactively disclose information in the public interest
Jun 30, 2015 B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report on Mount Polley mine and public interest disclosures
May 28, 2015 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding alleged destruction of records
May 14, 2015 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding proposed amendments to Bill 20 (Election Amendment Act)
May 7, 2015 2nd Privacy and Access 20/20 conference to convene in Vancouver BC
Apr 23, 2015 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding exterior-facing surveillance cameras on BC Transit buses
Apr 15, 2015 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner welcoming agreement addressing province's archival backlog
Mar 30, 2015 Key features of District of Saanich employee monitoring software violate employee privacy rights
Mar 27, 2015 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release report regarding District of Saanich use of employee monitoring software
Feb 18, 2015 Law enforcement agencies urged to consider privacy and personal information protection before adopting body-worn cameras
Feb 17, 2015 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding recommended changes to the Personal Information Protection Act
Jan 28, 2015 Improvements recommended on government privacy breaches
Jan 27, 2015 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release special report about how government manages privacy breaches
Jan 20, 2015 B.C. Privacy Commissioner to investigate District of Saanich use of employee monitoring software
Jan 19, 2015 Commissioner welcomes changes to employment-related record checks in B.C.
Jan 13, 2015 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding employee monitoring software and use of personal email accounts
Jan 13, 2015 Privacy Commissioners sign new MOU on private sector privacy
Dec 10, 2014 App marketplaces should make links to privacy policies mandatory, says Commissioner
Nov 26, 2014 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding a privacy breach at Vancouver Island Health Authority
Nov 14, 2014 Canada's access to information and privacy guardians urge governments to better protect and promote rights of Canadians in digital era
Oct 29, 2014 Statement of the Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada on National Security and Law Enforcement Matters
Sep 23, 2014 Government takes a step backward on timely responses to access to information requests
Sep 22, 2014 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release special report
Sep 19, 2014 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner on Right to Know Week
Sep 10, 2014 B.C. app developers need to do a better job of providing privacy information to users, says Commissioner
Aug 14, 2014 BC Information and Privacy Commissioner to investigate whether government should have notified the public about potential risks at Mount Polley mine
Jul 22, 2014 B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner calls on the B.C. government to fix 10-year archiving impasse and modernize records management
Jul 21, 2014 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release special report on archives
Jun 16, 2014 Updated guidance on the storage of information outside of Canada by public bodies
May 23, 2014 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding Bill C-13
May 2, 2014 On Privacy Awareness Week, Asia Pacific data protection authorities call on citizens to 'mobilize their privacy'
Apr 30, 2014 BC needs new health information law to improve patient care, protect privacy
Apr 29, 2014 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release special report
Apr 15, 2014 Stop disclosing non-conviction information in employment-related record checks, says B.C. Privacy Commissioner
Apr 11, 2014 Heartbleed: What you need to do to protect yourself
Apr 1, 2014 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding the results of government's public consultation on the BC Services Card
Feb 5, 2014 Statement from Commissioner regarding B.C. Privacy and Security Awareness Day
Jan 22, 2014 Public agencies need a strong business case for video or audio surveillance
Dec 2, 2013 Commissioner recommends changes to freedom-of-information law
Nov 29, 2013 Commissioner to release report on disclosure of risks to health and safety
Nov 15, 2013 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding Supreme Court of Canada decision
Oct 29, 2013 B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner to investigate police information checks
Oct 9, 2013 Canada's access to information and privacy guardians urge government to modernize laws
Sep 24, 2013 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner on Right to Know Week
Aug 13, 2013 B.C. businesses must improve online privacy practices, says Commissioner
Aug 1, 2013 Commissioner makes five recommendations to improve personal information practices for government and the BC Liberal Party
Jul 31, 2013 Commissioner to release report on alleged information sharing between B.C. Government and B.C. Liberal Party
Jul 25, 2013 Commissioner makes recommendations to enhance transparency and accountability in BC open government initiative
Jul 24, 2013 Information and Privacy Commissioner to release investigation report on open government
Jun 26, 2013 Health ministry must improve personal privacy controls in wake of breaches
Jun 26, 2013 BC Privacy Commissioner releases new guidance to help public bodies effectively protect personal privacy
Jun 25, 2013 Privacy Commissioner to release report on Ministry of Health privacy breach
Jun 11, 2013 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding internet surveillance
Apr 29, 2013 Privacy Awareness Week: Asia Pacific data protection authorities team up to show why privacy matters
Mar 18, 2013 B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner announces preliminary investigation
Mar 5, 2013 There's an app for that: Privacy, security and your smartphone
Mar 4, 2013 Commissioner calls for legal reform in wake of “no responsive records” investigation
Feb 8, 2013 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding the BC Services Card
Jan 27, 2013 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner on Data Privacy Day
Jan 14, 2013 Statement from B.C. Privacy Commissioner regarding data breaches at the Ministry of Health
Jan 7, 2013 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding the BC Services Card
Dec 6, 2012 Statement from B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner regarding a privacy breach at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Nov 15, 2012 Police must make changes to licence plate scanning technology, says B.C. Privacy Commissioner
Oct 24, 2012 Privacy Commissioners help developers seize opportunity to create privacy-friendly apps
Sep 27, 2012 Information and privacy commissioners co-host the 7th annual PIPA Conference
Sep 14, 2012 OIPC promotes open data literacy and leadership for Right to Know Week 2012
Aug 14, 2012 Privacy Commissioners call on small- and medium-sized businesses to look before they leap into the cloud
Jul 30, 2012 Privacy Commissioner to investigate licence plate recognition and disclosure of risks to health and safety
Jul 25, 2012 B.C. government must change employee criminal record check policy, Privacy Commissioner finds
Apr 27, 2012 OIPC marks Privacy Awareness Week with private sector outreach and education
Apr 2, 2012 Perimeter security: Privacy commissioners urge transparency and respect of Canadian privacy standards
Mar 29, 2012 UVic failed to protect personal information in privacy breach
Feb 23, 2012 OIPC issues cloud computing guidelines for public bodies
Feb 16, 2012 ICBC cannot use facial recognition to identify Stanley Cup rioters without a court order, says B.C.’s Privacy Commissioner
Jan 27, 2012 B.C. Privacy Commissioner launches video surveillance education project
Jan 6, 2012 B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner announces new partnership in global privacy
Nov 2, 2011 Privacy Commissioner launches investigations into two privacy breaches
Oct 12, 2011 Privacy commissioner releases guidance on social media background checks
Oct 11, 2011 Information and Privacy Commissioners co-host the 6th Private Sector Privacy Conference
Oct 4, 2011 Commissioner Satisfied Proposed Amendments Strike Workable Balance
Sep 22, 2011 Government responding faster to access to information requests — Commissioner focus to shift to quality of responses
Jul 28, 2011 Privacy Commissioner Investigating BC Hydro’s Smart Metering Program
Jul 22, 2011 Privacy Commissioner Confirms Investigation of ICBC’s use of Facial Recognition Technology
Jul 19, 2011 Open information and open data policy a promising milestone
Jun 29, 2011 Social networking changing the face of privacy
May 31, 2011 Privacy commissioner monitoring series of unprecedented security breaches
May 16, 2011 Commissioner recommends BC Ferries amend disclosure practices
May 12, 2011 Information and Privacy Commissioner Orders $300 Million Revenue Contract Disclosed
May 6, 2011 Privacy Commissioner orders insurance company to stop collecting personal information
May 3, 2011 Privacy commissioners unveil tool to strengthen personal data security
Mar 25, 2011 Commissioner shares BC civil liberties concerns over information in police database
Feb 15, 2011 Privacy Commissioner issues final report into online gaming
Feb 3, 2011 Vancouver school board ordered to release student safety report
Jan 24, 2011 Privacy Commissioner creates expert access and privacy advisory board
Nov 25, 2010 Commissioner orders disclosure of outsourcing contracts
Oct 15, 2010 Commissioner’s office releases “Privacy Guidelines for Landlords and Tenants”
Sep 27, 2010 Translink employee remuneration must be disclosed
Sep 24, 2010 Commissioner highlights importance of right to Know Week
Sep 8, 2010 OIPC faults ministry’s privacy practices
Sep 1, 2010 Access to Information and Privacy Commissioners Call for Open Government
Aug 19, 2010 Privacy Commissioner accepts expert review of BCLC’s online repair
Aug 17, 2010 Health authority outsourcing contracts must be disclosed
Aug 5, 2010 Government responding faster to freedom of information requests
Jul 27, 2010 Update on status of investigation concerning the B.C. Lottery Corporation privacy breach
Jun 30, 2010 Privacy remains at risk
Apr 16, 2010 Registrar declines to investigate complaint concerning Richard Turner
Mar 5, 2010 Privacy - the forgotten ingredient, Commissioner finds
Feb 10, 2010 Vancouver Coastal eHealth Privacy Investigation Report to Be Issued
Feb 10, 2010 Vancouver Coastal eHealth Privacy Investigation Report to Be Issued
Oct 15, 2009 Privacy Commissioner releases report on ICBC jury-checking
Sep 23, 2009 Right to Know Week proclaimed by the British Columbia government
Sep 10, 2009 Privacy commissioners urge caution on expanded surveillance plan
Aug 21, 2009 Privacy commissioner & TreoScope announce solution for id scanning by bars
Jul 30, 2009 Privacy Commissioner’s Office Releases Strata Corporation Guidelines
Jul 24, 2009 Information and Privacy Commissioner Comments on Driver’s Licence Scanning Situation
Jul 21, 2009 Information and Privacy Commissioner Releases Order on Driver’s Licence Scanning
Jul 13, 2009 Commissioner, BCMA and College of Physicians and Surgeons offer guidance to physicians on privacy and security of patient records
Jul 8, 2009 Timely FOI responses & e-health developments are key themes of commissioner’s 2008-2009 annual report
Feb 13, 2009 Commissioner faults government’s FOI performance
Feb 8, 2009 Executive leadership needed to address privacy breaches, Acting Commissioner concludes
Feb 8, 2009 Executive leadership needed to address privacy breaches, Acting Commissioner concludes
Feb 2, 2009 Privacy protection must be part of Vancouver Olympic Games planning, say federal and B.C. Privacy Commissioners