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The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FIPPA) is provincial legislation that came into effect in December, 1993.  In the fall of 1994, post-secondary institutions were added to the list of public bodies to which the FIPPA applies. The FIPPA has two main purposes:

  • To make public bodies more open and accountable by providing the public with a right of access to records.
  • To protect personal information from unauthorized collection, use, or disclosure by public bodies.

The FIPPA applies to almost all records in the custody or under the control of the University. The FIPPPA does not apply to a few categories or records; e.g.:

  • A record containing information about a question that is to be used on an exam.
  • A record containing teaching materials or research information of University employees or other persons teaching or carrying out research at VIU.
  • Notes or draft decisions of a person acting in a judicial or quasi-judicial capacity
  • A record that is available for purchase by the public.

FIPPA Regulation June 25, 2012

Resources on Access and Privacy

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) is an independent office, reporting to the BC legislature and responsible for monitoring and enforcing the FIPPA.  The OIPC website contains information about the FIPPA as well as copies of all decisions and investigation reports released by the OIPC.

The provincial Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) in the Ministry of Labour and Citizen’s Services publishes cross-government policy and procedures, standards and guidelines regarding access to public information and protection of privacy. The OCIO website contains useful information about the FIPPA, including a Policy and Procedures Manual.

Privacy and Access in British Columbia is a high-level overview of the FIPPA including:

  • Introduction of the FIPPA
  • Privacy – Collection, use, disclosure, security and retention of personal information
  • Access – “FOI” rights, process, exceptions,
  • Privacy and Security
  • Information Incidences (including Privacy Breaches)
  • Privacy Tools

Privacy Guide For Faculty Using Third-Party Web Technology (Social Media) in Public Post Secondary Courses

A Vancouver Island University Publication produced with the support of BCcampus - February 2011

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