The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP Act or FIPPA) is an Act of the BC Provincial Government which has two main purposes:

  •  Freedom of Information - to make public bodies more accountable by providing the public with a legislated right of access to records in the custody or control of public bodies, and

  • Protection of Privacy - to protect your right to personal privacy by prohibiting the unauthorized collection, use or disclosure of your personal information by public bodies.

FIPPA covers all provincial government public bodies, including government ministries and most government agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations. FIPPA also covers what is referred to as local public bodies such as municipalities, universities, colleges, school boards, hospitals, health boards, as well as the British Columbia College of Teachers, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Law Society of British Columbia.

The Act attempts to strike a balance between the public's right to access information and the individual's right to personal privacy. The Act provides detailed instructions on how the records and documents created and held by a public body such as Douglas College are to be documented and how access to them is to be provided. It also delineates the types of personal information which may be collected and how this must be documented.