On December 9, 2020, the Legislative Assembly agreed that a Special Committee be appointed to review the Personal Information Protection Act [SBC 2003, c. 63] in accordance with section 59 of that Act.
The Act governs how private sector organizations can collect, use, and disclose personal information. It also requires organizations to protect and secure personal information against unauthorized use or disclosure, and grants individuals the right to access their own personal information. Section 59 of the Act requires a Special Committee to review the Act every six years.
According to the Committee's Terms of Reference, any information that was provided to the Committee in 2020 is referred to the current Committee. Presentations or written submissions provided to the previous Committee will inform the current Committee's consultation, deliberations and recommendations.
The Committee's consultation will focus on the provisions in Bill C-11 and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as on the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia's recommendations to the Committee. More information is available under Related Links.
Those who did not have an opportunity to present during the 2020 public hearings are invited to make a presentation to the Committee; those who made a presentation or written submission in 2020 are invited to provide updated written information. Registration for the public hearings will open the week of May 17, 2021. Once confirmed, information regarding opportunities to participate in the consultation will be updated.
Should you wish to be added to the Committee's distribution list, please send an email to PIPACommittee@leg.bc.ca.