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BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association

The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is a non-profit society established in 1991 for the purpose of advancing freedom of information, open and accountable government, and privacy rights in Canada. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through programs of public education, legal aid, research, public interest advocacy and law reform.

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Employee Privacy under BC’s Personal Information Protection Act

This document is a submission to the information and Privacy Commissioner of BC on draft employment privacy guidelines. Topics include drug and alcohol testing, covert surveillance and privacy in relation to insurance ...
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PIPEDA and Identity Theft: Solutions for Protecting Canadians

This 70 page publication deals with a number of issues related to ID theft, including . Background and History, Methods of Identity Theft, Legal Issues, the U.S. Situation, the Database Industry and regulation, PIPEDA - ...
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Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act: An Unjustified Limitation of Freedom of Information and Privacy Rights

This is FIPA's submission to the Commons Sub-Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which was undertaking a review of the Anti-Terrorism Act. FIPA was critical of many aspects, including security ...
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Comments on the Government of Canada’s Lawful Access Consultation Document

Submissions by FIPA to the federal Department of Justice regarding the 2002 version of the government's 'lawful access' proposals for enhanced ability of police and other authorities to intercept and monitor electronic ...
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Comments on the Lawful Access Proposals (March 2005)

Submissions by FIPA to the fedeal department of Justice regarding the 2005 version of the government's 'lawful access' proposals for enhanced ability of police and other authorities to intercept and monitor electronic ...
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A Chance for Transparency: The Federal Accountability Act and public access to information

FIPA's submission to the special committee on the Accountability Act. The submission highlights the promises made by the Conservative party during the 2005-06 federal election regarding Access to Information, and how ...
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Access Denied: An analysis of the BC Government’s response to freedom of information requests, 2000 – 2005

This study is a detailed critique of what went wrong with freedom of information in BC between 2000 and 2005, including cutting resources for the Commissioner's office and ministerial FOI departments, flagging of ...
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Comments on the Government’s Response to the Fourth Report of the Standing Committee on ATI, Privacy and Ethics on the PIPEDA

A joint submission by BC Civil Liberties and FIPA reviewing how the nine recommendations they made compare to the responses from the Commons ATI, Privacy and Ethics Committee and the Conservative federal government to ...
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Submission to the House ATI, Privacy and Ethics Committee on PIPEDA, November 2006

Joint submission by BC Civil Liberties and FIPA to the House standing Committee making nine recommendations to improve the functioning of PIPEDA and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Presented by FIPA ...
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The Lawful Access Proposals: Why Canadians Should Say “No” to Expanded Electronic Surveillance by Police

Speech by FIPA Executive Director Darrell Evans outlining FIPA's opposition to the federal government's 'lawful access' proposals for warrantless searches and categorizing e mail as not being a 'private communication'.
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