Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

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Country or territory: British Columbia, Canada
Organisation: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C.
Location/address: PO Box 9038 Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria B.C. V8W 9A4
Primary contact: Maria Dupuis
Email: mdupuis@oipc.bc.ca
Number of staff: 37
Year established: 1993
Founding Act or Law: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Online profile (website, social media, etc.): Website: oipc.bc.ca
Twitter: @BCInfoPrivacy
General description of activities: The Information and Privacy Commissioner enforces two pieces of legislation: the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) and the Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”).
General description of enforcement actions (powers of investigation, inspection and/or sanction):
  • Investigate, mediate and resolve appeals concerning access to information disputes, including issuing binding orders;
  • Investigate and resolve privacy complaints;
  • Initiate Commissioner-led investigations and audits of public bodies or organizations, if there are reasonable grounds of non-compliance or if it is in the public interest;
  • Comment on the access and privacy implications of proposed legislation, programs or policies;
  • Comment on the privacy implications of new technologies and/or data matching schemes;
  • Conduct research into anything affecting access and privacy rights; and
  • Educate and inform the public about their access and privacy rights and the relevant laws.
Number of decisions, opinions, recommendations in previous year: 72 orders, 3 investigation reports, 2 special reports, 2 audit and compliance reports.
Significant decisions, opinions or recommendations: IR F15-02 (re-interpretation of s. 25 of FIPPA); IR F15-03 (deleted emails report), Order F15-23 (out of scope records).