Third BC Information Summit Coming September 29

September 13, 2010

The 2010 BC Information Summit: Transparency Turnaround will be held Wednesday, September 29 at UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver.

This third installment of the event is subtitled, “When public information goes private and personal information goes public.” The Summit is part of Right to Know Week in Canada and is presented by the BC Freedom of Information & Privacy Association, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the BC Library Association, and the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and is co-sponsored by several other organizations. The Information Summit “brings together legal experts, journalists, academics, present and past elected officials and experienced Freedom of Information and privacy experts. Together, they shall explore the challenges of creating transparent government and protecting privacy in an increasingly turbulent and complex information environment.”

The website explains a bit more about the theme of the 2010 Summit:

It’s a critical time for FOI and privacy rights in BC, with some game-changing recommendations for changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act on the table.

A Special Committee of the Legislature has just completed the third review of the FOIPP Act and delivered its final report to the BC Legislature on May 31.

The public wants privacy protection and more access to government information. Government officials want less scrutiny and a LOT more license to collect and share our personal information. Both are demanding major reforms of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Are big changes ahead for freedom of information
and privacy in BC?

The Law Society has approved the Information Summit for up to 6.5 hours of continuing professional development credit. See the website for further information including agenda, speakers, or to register.

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