Parliamentary Committees

Public consultation begins on the Personal Information Protection Act


June 24, 2014

Legislative Assembly - Province of British Columbia

VICTORIA – The Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act today launched a public consultation on the Personal Information Protection Act (RSBC 2003, c. 63). 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.

“The committee is undertaking a comprehensive review of B.C.’s private sector privacy legislation,” said Committee Chair Mike Bernier. “We are holding a public consultation to gather important information on how well the act is working, and whether changes are necessary.”

“The last review of the act took place in 2008,” said Deputy Chair George Heyman. “The committee wants to hear from stakeholders and interested citizens on ways in which the legislation might be updated.”

The consultation will include a call for written submissions and public hearings scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9, 2014. To participate, or to learn more about the Act, please visit the Committee website at:

The call for public input closes on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

The Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act is an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The committee members are:

Mike Bernier, MLA Peace River South (chair);
George Heyman, MLA Vancouver-Fairview (deputy chair);
Donna Barnett, MLA Cariboo-Chilcotin;
Dr. Doug Bing, MLA Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows;
Simon Gibson, MLA Abbotsford-Mission;
Sue Hammell, MLA Surrey-Green Timbers;
Marvin Hunt, MLA Surrey-Panorama;
Doug Routley, MLA Nanaimo-North Cowichan;

For further Information:

Susan Sourial
Committee Clerk
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250 356-2933
Toll-free: 1-877-428-8337
Fax: 250 356-8172