Summit Information

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.

Keynote Address:
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?