On January 27 our union presented a submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
The foundation of public trust in government is transparency, accountability, and a consistently demonstrated respect for the rights of individuals. FIPPA is designed to protect and uphold these values; yet, public practice in information management and the pace of change in communications technologies has put the effectiveness of the legislation under significant stress.
The BCGEU submission focusses on five areas of concern:
- Duty to document
- Coverage and access
- Policy advice and recommendations
- Wait times, delays and extensions
- Protection of privacy and “data-linking”
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