Common Questions

I want to see the personal information my employer has collected about me

In general, personal information means information about a person or, information that allows a person to be identified. Information can be personal information even if your name is not included, so long as the information would allow you to be identified. 

In BC, employee personal information is a sub-category of personal information. Employee personal information is personal information about an individual that is collected, used or disclosed solely for the purposes reasonably required to establish, manage or terminate an employment relationship between the organization and that individual, but does not include personal information that is not about an individual’s employment.

Good starting points include:

  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, explains how to ask for information, how long it might take to get a response, and what you can do if the information is incorrect.
  • Your FOI and Privacy Rights, from the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, is a website that includes a page on "How to Request Your Personal Records".

Need more help?

Call the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia if you have questions on BC's privacy and access laws.

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Last reviewed December 2017
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