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May 26, 2016 Privacy decisions must be made carefully Elizabeth Denham
Mar 22, 2016 Letter to Minister de Jong re: Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. Elizabeth Denham
Oct 8, 2015 Letter to Minister Bond regarding Bill 39 - Provincial Immigration Programs Act Elizabeth Denham
Jul 14, 2015 Law balances privacy, accountability Elizabeth Denham
Apr 13, 2015 Letter to Minister Anton regarding Bill 20 - Election Amendment Act Elizabeth Denham
Mar 4, 2015 Letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security re: Bill C-51 - The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 Provincial and Territorial Privacy Commissioners
Mar 2, 2015 Letter to Minister de Jong regarding Bill 13 - Finance Statutes Amendment Act 2015 Elizabeth Denham
Feb 13, 2015 Letter to Minister Virk regarding Bill 5 - Government Information Act Elizabeth Denham
Jan 15, 2015 Employees have privacy rights at work Elizabeth Denham
Dec 23, 2014 Privacy Issue Consultation - New Car Dealer Association of BC and Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia Elizabeth Denham
Dec 10, 2014 Joint Open Letter to App Marketplaces GPEN Privacy Authorities
Nov 21, 2014 Letter from Privacy Commissioners of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Macau regarding Insecam webcam website Privacy Commissioners of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Macau
Oct 1, 2014 Letter to Jim Lightbody regarding BCLC Investigation re resignation of former CEO and President Elizabeth Denham
Jun 26, 2014 Editorial: Residential school survivors must decide the fate of their testimony Elizabeth Denham (Commissioner B.C.) and Jill Clayton, Commisssioner (Alberta)
Jun 24, 2014 Disclosure of student personal information to BCTF representatives Elizabeth Denham
Jun 16, 2014 Updated guidance on the storage of information outside of Canada by public bodies Elizabeth Denham
Jun 16, 2014 Commissioner Denham welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in R v Spencer Elizabeth Denham
Jun 12, 2014 Letter to the editor regarding social media background checks Jill Clayton and Elizabeth Denham
Jun 2, 2014 Letter from Commissioners Cavoukian, Clayton, and Denham to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding testimony on Bill C-13 Ann Cavoukian, Jill Clayton, Elizabeth Denham
Apr 30, 2014 Op-Ed: A Prescription for Legislative Reform needed in health care system Elizabeth Denham
Apr 2, 2014 Letter to Hon. Andrew Wilkinson regarding designation of BCACP and BCAMCP under FIPPA (includes all public submissions) Elizabeth Denham
Apr 1, 2014 Letter to Minister Pat Pimm regarding Bill 19 - Animal Health Act Elizabeth Denham
Mar 12, 2014 Letter to Environment Minister Mary Polak regarding Bill 18, Water Sustainability Act Elizabeth Denham
Feb 14, 2014 Letter to Justice Minister Suzanne Anton QC regarding the Missing Persons Act Elizabeth Denham
Dec 11, 2013 Letter from Commissioner Denham to stakeholders regarding the BC Association of Chiefs of Police and the BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police Elizabeth Denham
Oct 18, 2013 Letter to Mr. Normand Wong regarding the FPT working group on cybercrime cyberbullying report Elizabeth Denham
Oct 4, 2013 We need to modernize B.C.'s information and privacy laws (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 4 2013) Elizabeth Denham
Jul 4, 2013 Letter to Chief Constable Jamie Graham regarding Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) Elizabeth Denham
Jun 18, 2013 Joint letter to Google Inc. regarding Google Glass Data Protection Authorities
Mar 18, 2013 Letter to Hon. Ben Stewart, Minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government Elizabeth Denham
Feb 28, 2013 Letter to Lynda Tarras, Head of the BC Public Service Agency Elizabeth Denham
Feb 26, 2013 Letter to Minister Shirley Bond regarding Bill 12, Community Safety Act (2013) Elizabeth Denham
Feb 8, 2013 Letter to Deputy Minister Kim Henderson regarding BC Services Card Phase 1 review Elizabeth Denham
Nov 12, 2012 Response from Commissioners Denham, Cavoukian and Clayton to Chief Chu re: Bill C-30 Elizabeth Denham, Ann Cavoukian, Jill Clayton
Nov 7, 2012 Letter from Commissioners Denham, Clayton and Cavoukian in response to Chief Constable Chu re: Bill C-30 (Lawful Access) Elizabeth Denham, Jill Clayton and Ann Cavoukian
Oct 15, 2012 Letter to Craig James Re: MLA Expenses Elizabeth Denham
Aug 16, 2012 Privacy is a Partner, Not A Foe, in Medical Research (OpEd Vancouver Sun) Elizabeth Denham
Jul 23, 2012 Letter to Douglas Horne, Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, regarding a progress report on implementation of the Commissioner's expanded mandate Elizabeth Denham
May 24, 2012 Letter to Honourable Blair Lekstrom Re: Bill 47 - Coastal Ferry Amendment Act, 2012 Elizabeth Denham
May 11, 2012 Letter to Honourable Blair Lekstrom Re: Bill 47 – Coastal Ferry Amendment Act Elizabeth Denham
May 3, 2012 Letter to Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid Re: Bill 39 - Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act Elizabeth Denham
May 3, 2012 Letter to Honourable Don McRae Re: Bill 37 - Animal Health Act Elizabeth Denham
May 1, 2012 Letter to Honourable Michael de Jong Re: Bill 35 – 2012 Pharmaceutical Services Act Elizabeth Denham
Apr 18, 2012 Letter to Honourable Stephanie Cadieux Re: Role of the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner in the Integrated Case Management (ICM) Project as Referenced in the Times Colonist April 12, 2012 Elizabeth Denham
Feb 27, 2012 Letter to Kevin Sorenson, MP Re: Bill C-30 – An Act to Enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to Amend the Criminal Code and Other Acts Elizabeth Denham
Jan 23, 2012 Letter to Dave Nikolejsin Re: Follow-up to Timeliness Report for Fiscal Year 2010/11 Elizabeth Denham
Oct 20, 2011 Letter to Honourable Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid Re: Amendment to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Elizabeth Denham
Oct 4, 2011 Letter to Honourable Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid Re: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Amendments Elizabeth Denham
Sep 30, 2011 Letter to Hon. Bill Barisoff Re: MLA Expenses Elizabeth Denham
Jun 29, 2011 Letter to Victoria Times Colonist Re: Smart meters and privacy issues Elizabeth Denham
Apr 22, 2010 Letter to The Honourable Kevin Falcon Re: Bill 11—2010 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (no.2) 2010—Ministry of Health Amendment Act Paul D. K. Fraser, Q.C.
Oct 23, 2009 Letter to Hon. Kash Heed Re: Bill 16 – 2009––Body Armour Control Act David Loukidelis
Sep 22, 2009 Letter to Honourable Kevin Falcon Re: Bill 2––Budget Measures Implementation Act (No. 2) 2009––Continuing Care Act amendments David Loukidelis
May 27, 2009 Letter to Honourable Iain Black Re: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (“ICBC”)—Audit Respecting Disclosure of Personal Information in Jury Trials David Loukidelis
Nov 4, 2008 Letter to The Honourable Wally Oppal, Q.C. & The Honourable John Van Dongen Re: Video Surveillance––Ministry of Attorney General and Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General David Loukidelis
Aug 5, 2008 Letter to Mike Farnworth, MLA Re: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (“ICBC”)––report respecting ICBC’s Material Damage Research and Training Facility David Loukidelis
Apr 17, 2008 Letter to Hon. Richard Neufeld Re: Bill 16-2008––Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements) Act David Loukidelis
Apr 14, 2008 Letter to Hon. George Abbott Re: Bill 24––E-Health (Personal Health Information Access and Protection of Privacy) Act David Loukidelis
Apr 4, 2008 Letter to Hon. Richard Neufeld Re: Bill 16––Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements) Act David Loukidelis
Apr 4, 2008 Letter to Hon. Barry Penner Re: Bill 18––Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act David Loukidelis