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Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPC)

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Co­lumbia (OIPC) provides independent review of access to information decisions made by public bodies under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), and is also responsible for overseeing com­pliance by private sector organizations with the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).

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A Guide to PIPA for businesses and organizations

This guidance document will help you understand B.C.'s legal framework for access and privacy in the private sector.
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For the Public in BC: Privacy and Access Rights Information for individuals

Want to know more about your privacy and access rights in BC? Who can help you with your request for records? Where can you turn when your privacy is in jeopardy?
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Guide to Access and Privacy Protection under FIPPA

A basic introduction to FIPPA and how it affects individuals in B.C. This guide will also outline the steps necessary when requesting information from a public body, how to make a complaint, and will answer questions ...
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Cloud Computing Guidelines for Public Bodies

Increasingly, public bodies in BC are exploring ways to take advantage of the cost-savings and functionality presented by “cloud computing”. The purpose of this resource is to provide information to public bodies about ...
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Private Sector Landlord and Tenants (Guidance Document)

This guide helps landlords and the public to understand the rules in BC about what personal information landlords may collect from anyone seeking to enter into a tenancy agreement, including individuals who will be ...
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Protecting Personal Information: Cannabis Transactions

Cannabis is illegal in most places outside of Canada. The personal information of users is therefore very sensitive. Some countries may deny entry to people who have purchased cannabis. This guide was created to help ...
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Guidance Document – Competitive Advantage: Compliance with PIPA and the GDPR

Effective May 25, 2018, some organizations subject to PIPA must also comply with the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This guidance helps organizations in BC determine whether they are ...
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Securing personal information: A self-assessment for public bodies and organizations

This tool helps organizations and public bodies conduct their security self-assessment. They are required by the laws to take reasonable steps to safeguard the personal information in their custody or control.
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Guide for organizations collecting personal information online

This two-page guide explains what personal information that organizations can collect from online sources, the role of consent, and what the limits are.
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Requesting Records from a Public Body or Private Organization

This tip sheet explains the kinds of records you can request according to the laws in BC and steps to follow when making the request.
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