Special Reports

From time to time, the Commissioner issues public reports on special topics in access and privacy. These reports include written submissions made to special committees and parliamentary bodies, timeliness reports on the government's efforts to respond to access requests in a timely manner, or research and analysis of emerging issues in the access and privacy field.

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Mar 16, 2016 OIPC Response to Stakeholder Recommendations to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act The work of the Special Committee, appointed on May 27, 2015, to conduct the 40th Parliament’s statu... more
The work of the Special Committee, appointed on May 27, 2015, to conduct the 40th Parliament’s statutory review of the Freedom of Information and Protection ofPrivacyAct(”FIPPA”), has generated intense interest and engagement. For more than two decades, FIPPA has been the foundation of the right to access to information and the protection of privacy in British Columbia. This review presents a timely opportunity to carefully examine the Act and consider how it can be improved to make government more accountable and better protect personal privacy.
Nov 18, 2015 Submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act This report makes 20 recommendations for reform of B.C.'s public sector access to information and pr... more
This report makes 20 recommendations for reform of B.C.'s public sector access to information and privacy law. Presented to the Special Committee on November 18, 2015.
Nov 13, 2015 Cyberbullying: Empowering children and youth to be safe online and responsible digital citizens Cyberbullying involves the use of digital technologies and services including social media, texts, a... more
Cyberbullying involves the use of digital technologies and services including social media, texts, and instant messaging to repeatedly harass and intimidate others. The issue of how best to reduce and penalize cyberbullying has not been resolved by any jurisdiction to date.
Nov 26, 2014 Submission to the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act The Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) is a balanced and effective law that protects the p... more
The Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) is a balanced and effective law that protects the personal information of individuals while at the same time recognizes the tight of organizations to collect, use and disclose such information.
Sep 23, 2014 A Step Backwards: Report Card on Government's Access to Information Responses April 1, 2013- March 31, 2014 This special report addresses three issues. The first is an examination of the timeliness of govern... more
This special report addresses three issues. The first is an examination of the timeliness of government responses to access to information requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Second, this report revisits the issue of “no responsive records” replies to general access to information requests. Third, this report examines government’s issuance of fee estimates in response to access requests.
Jul 22, 2014 A Failure to Archive: Recommendations to Modernize Government Information Management Archiving is a public good. Records about key actions and decisions of government must be preserved... more
Archiving is a public good. Records about key actions and decisions of government must be preserved in a lasting historical record for future generations. Without a comprehensive public archive, access to information and the ‘right to know’ is significantly and severely impaired.
Jun 3, 2014 Follow-up letter to the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act I am writing as a follow-up to my presentation to the Special Committee to Review the Personal Infor... more
I am writing as a follow-up to my presentation to the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) on May 28, 2014, to provide responses to three questions posed by a member of the Committee.
May 28, 2014 General Briefing for the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act This document provides the Committee with a brief history of private sector privacy law and a discus... more
This document provides the Committee with a brief history of private sector privacy law and a discussion of the current challenges to its effectiveness due to technological change and online security risks. It then gives a general overview of PIPA and the experience to date of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (“OIPC”) in overseeing compliance with PIPA. The last section of the document is a brief discussion of key reform considerations that would improve the ability of the Commissioner to exercise effective oversight and enhance the transparency of disclosures of personal information.
Apr 30, 2014 A Prescription for Legislative Reform: Improving Privacy Protection in BC's Health Sector The purpose of this special report is encourage an informed dialogue among the public, health practi... more
The purpose of this special report is encourage an informed dialogue among the public, health practitioners, researchers and government about the use of personal information in B.C.’s health care system, today and into the future.
Feb 14, 2014 Report of the Health Data Research Forum On December 9, 2013, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and... more
On December 9, 2013, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and the B.C. Ministry of Health convened a meeting of 38 representatives from the health research community and its stakeholders in British Columbia. The attendees were invited to come together to discuss and seek solutions on timely access to, and appropriate use of, health data under the stewardship of the MoH and health authorities for research, evaluation, planning and quality improvement while maintaining academic independence and enhancing privacy protections and security safeguards.
Aug 2, 2012 Report of the Health Research Roundtable The purpose of this paper is to serve as a record of the roundtable discussion on access to data for... more
The purpose of this paper is to serve as a record of the roundtable discussion on access to data for health research and to identify next steps.
Jun 7, 2012 Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Study: Privacy and Social Media This submission presents an overview of British Columbia’s privacy oversight model, a review of rece... more
This submission presents an overview of British Columbia’s privacy oversight model, a review of recent investigative work related to social media and the ways in which Canada’s privacy laws are meeting the challenges posed by this new media.
Feb 27, 2012 Bill C-30 – An Act to Enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to Amend the Criminal Code and Other Acts No summary available.
Jan 23, 2012 Follow-up to Timeliness Report for Fiscal Year 2010/11 No summary available.
Sep 22, 2011 Report Card on the Timeliness of Government’s Access to Information Responses No summary available.
Apr 12, 2011 Six-month Check-up: Review of Government’s Timeliness in Responding to Media and Political Parties’ Requests This report is a six-month review of the strategies and outcomes of government’s efforts to improve ... more
This report is a six-month review of the strategies and outcomes of government’s efforts to improve response times to media and political party applicants, following-up the Timeliness Report issued in August 2010.
Aug 5, 2010 It's About Time Report Card On The Timeliness Of Government’s Access To Information Responses This is the second report on the performance of ministries in meeting their obligation under the Fre... more
This is the second report on the performance of ministries in meeting their obligation under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) to respond to access requests without delay.
Mar 15, 2010 Submission of the A/Information and Privacy Commissioner to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act No summary available.
Feb 12, 2009 Timeliness of Government’s Access To Information Responses This report aims to shine light on problems within the provincial government in meeting the legal ob... more
This report aims to shine light on problems within the provincial government in meeting the legal obligations imposed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to respond to access requests in a timely fashion.
Mar 3, 2008 Submission of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia No summary available.
Nov 29, 2006 Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics: Statutory Review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act No summary available
Aug 30, 2006 Local Governments and The Growth Of Surveillance No summary available.
Oct 29, 2004 Privacy and the USA Patriot Act: Implications for British Columbia Public Sector Outsourcing No summary available
Feb 5, 2004 Submission of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act No summary available.
Feb 17, 2003 Submission on a National Identity Card This submission addresses privacy issues raised by the proposal of The Honourable Denis Coderre, Min... more
This submission addresses privacy issues raised by the proposal of The Honourable Denis Coderre, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for a national identity card.
Dec 16, 2002 Comments on the Government of Canada's 2002 'lawful access' consultation document This letter comments on the 'lawful access' consultation document of the Department of Justice, Indu... more
This letter comments on the 'lawful access' consultation document of the Department of Justice, Industry Canada and the Solicitor General of Canada.