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Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 165

Contents
Part 1 — Introductory Provisions
 1 Definitions
 2 Purposes of this Act
 3 Scope of this Act
Part 2 — Freedom of Information
 Division 1 — Information Rights and How to Exercise Them
 4 Information rights
 5 How to make a request
 6 Duty to assist applicants
 7 Time limit for responding
 8 Contents of response
 9 How access will be given
 10 Extending the time limit for responding
 11 Transferring a request
 Division 2 — Exceptions
 12 Cabinet and local public body confidences
 13 Policy advice or recommendations
 14 Legal advice
 15 Disclosure harmful to law enforcement
 16 Disclosure harmful to intergovernmental relations or negotiations
 17 Disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body
 18 Disclosure harmful to the conservation of heritage sites, etc.
 19 Disclosure harmful to individual or public safety
 20 Information that will be published or released within 60 days
 21 Disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party
 22 Disclosure harmful to personal privacy
 22.1 Disclosure of information relating to abortion services
 Division 3 — Notice to Third Parties
 23 Notifying the third party
 24 Time limit and notice of decision
 Division 4 — Public Interest Paramount
 25 Information must be disclosed if in the public interest
Part 3 — Protection of Privacy
 Division 1 — Collection, Protection and Retention of Personal Information by Public Bodies
 26 Purpose for which personal information may be collected
 27 How personal information is to be collected
 27.1 When personal information is not collected
 28 Accuracy of personal information
 29 Right to request correction of personal information
 30 Protection of personal information
 30.1 Storage and access must be in Canada
 30.2 Obligation to report foreign demand for disclosure
 30.3 Whistle-blower protection
 30.4 Unauthorized disclosure prohibited
 30.5 Notification of unauthorized disclosure
 31 Retention of personal information
 31.1 Application to employees and others
 Division 2 — Use and Disclosure of Personal Information by Public Bodies
 32 Use of personal information
 33 Disclosure of personal information
 33.1 Disclosure inside or outside Canada
 33.2 Disclosure inside Canada only
 33.3 Disclosure of personal information in records available to public without request
 34 Definition of consistent purpose
 35 Disclosure for research or statistical purposes
 36 Disclosure for archival or historical purposes
 Division 3 — Data-linking Initiatives
 36.1 Data-linking initiatives
Part 4 — Office and Powers of Information and Privacy Commissioner
 37 Appointment of commissioner
 38 Resignation, removal or suspension of commissioner
 39 Acting commissioner
 40 Salary, expenses and benefits of commissioner
 41 Staff of commissioner
 42 General powers of commissioner
 43 Power to authorize a public body to disregard requests
 44 Powers of commissioner in conducting investigations, audits or inquiries
 44.1 Maintenance of order at hearings
 44.2 Contempt proceeding for uncooperative person
 45 Statements made to the commissioner not admissible in evidence
 46 Protection against libel or slander actions
 47 Restrictions on disclosure of information by the commissioner and staff
 48 Protection of commissioner and staff
 49 Delegation by commissioner
 50 Role of Ombudsperson
 51 Annual report of commissioner
Part 5 — Reviews and Complaints
 Division 1 — Reviews by the Commissioner
 52 Right to ask for a review
 53 How to ask for a review
 54 Notifying others of review
 54.1 Order for severing of records
 55 Mediation may be authorized
 56 Inquiry by commissioner
 57 Burden of proof
 58 Commissioner's orders
 59 Duty to comply with orders
 59.01 Enforcement of orders of commissioner
 Division 2 — Investigations and Reviews by Adjudicator
 59.1 References to commissioner
 60 Adjudicator to investigate complaints and review decisions
 60.1 Disregard of request under section 5 or 29
 61 Powers, duties and protections of adjudicator
 62 Right to ask for a review
 63 How to ask for a review
 64 Notifying others of review
 65 Conduct and outcome of the review
Part 6 — General Provisions
 66 Delegation by the head of a public body
 67 Consultative committee
 68 Annual report of minister
 69 General information respecting use of personal information
 69.1 Public information regarding health information banks
 69.2 Provincial identity information services provider
 70 Policy manuals available without request
 71 Records available without request
 71.1 Records that ministries must disclose
 72 Repealed
 73 Protection of public body from legal suit
 73.1 Recovery of personal information
 73.2 Court order for return of personal information
 74 General offences and penalties
 74.1 Privacy protection offences
 75 Fees
 76 Power to make regulations
 76.1 Ministerial regulation making power
 77 Power to make bylaws
 78 Appropriation
 79 Relationship of Act to other Acts
 80 Review of Act
 81 Right to disclose preserved
Schedule 1
Schedule 2
Schedule 3