BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) [website] sets out the access and privacy rights of individuals as they relate to the public sector. FIPPA establishes an individual’s right to access records in the custody or control of a “PUBLIC BODY” [website], including access to one’s own “PERSONAL INFORMATION” [website]. In addition to establishing an individual’s right to access records, FIPPA also sets out the terms under which a public body can collect, use and disclose the personal information of individuals. Public bodies are held accountable for their information practices – FIPPA requires that public bodies protect personal information by making reasonable security arrangements against unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal.
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