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The 911 on What to do Before the OIPC Calls

This year marks a significant year for local governments and their relationship with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in British Columbia (“OIPC”). The OIPC continued its recent practice of undertaking proactive compliance audits and reviews and continued to focus on local governments. In the first audit and compliance report examined here, Audit and Compliance Report F16-01, former Commissioner Elizabeth Denham set standards expected from local governments when they respond to freedom of information (“FOI”) requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”). Local governments should expect continued close scrutiny from the OIPC on this front.

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