The Legislative Assembly establishes Special Committees to carry out specific inquiries, studies or other tasks. Pursuant to Section 80 of the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 165, a special committee of the Legislative Assembly must undertake a comprehensive review of the Act at least once every six years.
Adopted in 1992, the Act provides British Columbians with a statutory right of access to records in the custody or control of public bodies, subject to certain exceptions, governs how public bodies collect, use, and disclose personal information, and requires public bodies to protect the personal information that they have in their custody or control.
The Special Committee released its report on May 11, 2016 making 39 recommendations with respect to access and privacy, including proposed amendments to the Act. The Special Committee's review of the Act was informed by the 193 oral presentations and written submissions the Committee received during its public consultation process. The Special Committee is grateful to all those who shared their experience and expertise and provided input.
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