Common Questions

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

Your personal records are governed by privacy rights. That is, you have the right to control or limit other agencies’ (whether government or private) collection, use, and/or disclosure of your own personal information. You have the right to request access to your personal information held by private businesses as well as any record held by a public body, including a record containing your personal information -- the way you ask for your information may defer depending on the body you request it from.

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".

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Last reviewed May 2015
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