Information Access and Privacy 2021
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Who: Government and the people of B.C.
What: The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)
Why: Propose changes to FOIPPA that accounts for the public’s modern perception of information access and privacy
B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) balances government’s accountability to the public with a person’s right to privacy.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed how government does business. Technology is used now more than ever to deliver services to people. In 2021, B.C. engaged with a variety of partners to understand how the pandemic and growing expectations for online services have impacted the way people view government information access and privacy.
Through roundtable meetings and presentations to partner organizations, B.C. heard from over 2,900 public bodies covered by FOIPPA. Also, public surveys were hosted to learn how the public’s perception of information access and privacy protection has changed since the pre-COVID survey in 2018.
- Over 75 organizations participated in roundtable meetings
- Over 1,700 survey responses
Later in 2021, proposed changes to FOIPPA were informed by the input received during this engagement. A summary of the feedback can be found in the Information Access and Privacy – Stakeholder Consultation Overview.