We have seen major shifts in the freedom of information and privacy landscape since our last Information Summit. This year, Information Summit 2016 will hear from experts and people intimately involved in how the world of information is changing. FIPA is pleased to bring you a variety of perspectives on the strategies being developed to meet these new challenges, and where we can expect to be in the not too distant future.
Rights, Resiliance and Results - Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada
Perspectives from B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner - Drew McArthur, Acting Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
Panel 1: Are big changes coming in the types and sources of records covered by FOI?
When we talk about openness and transparency of public bodies, how
far does that extend? Public functions are being contracted to outside
organizations or subsidiaries of public bodies themselves. How should
these types of organizations be covered for the purpose of FOI? Where
is the line?
Panel 2: Duty to Document - What does this mean and where are we going?
The BC special committee reviewing FIPPA has recommended creation of
a legislated duty to document, as has the Commons committee looking at
ATI reform. They join the information commissioners, civil society and
others in calling for this. What does this mean and what would it look
like in practice?
Panel 3: Convergence between the duty to release information in the public interest and proactive disclosure?
This panel looks at the new interpretation of the s.25 duty to
release information in the public interest by OIPC, and the push for
more and better proactive disclosure of information generally. How can
we expand proactive disclosure to ensure this type of information is
released to the public?
Panel 4: Surveillance by individuals - Is legislative action needed?
Technologies like drones and surveillance cameras have become widely
available and are being more frequently used by individuals for
various purposes. Has the time come for legislation to govern the
actions of individuals and surveillance/privacy? What is the most
appropriate place for this type of legislation? Can the common law
fill the gap?