The Government of British Columbia is committed to protecting the
privacy of people whose personal information is held by government
through responsible information management practices. Any personal
information provided to the Government of B.C. is collected, used and
disclosed in accordance with the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
or other applicable legislation.
Much of the information on this Web site is court record information.
Records in a court file are exempt from the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act. Access to and disclosure of the court record
information on this Web site is governed by legislation, court rules
What is Personal Information?
Personal information is recorded information about an identifiable
individual. Personal information includes such things as an
individual's name, address, birth date, e-mail address and phone
number. When the Government of B.C. collects personal
information it must identify:
- the purpose for collecting the personal information,
- the legal authority for collecting it, and
- the title, business address and business telephone number of an officer or employee of the ministry or other government body who can answer your questions about the collection of that information.
What kind of information is being collected?
If you visit a B.C. government web site to browse, read pages, or
download information, we will gather and store certain information
about the visit. The following information is automatically
collected and stored:
- The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider (e.g. gov.bc.ca, xcompany.com or yourschool.edu);
- The type of browser and operating system;
- The date and time of the visit; and
- The web pages or services accessed.
Information collected automatically is used for purposes such as
assessing system performance, improving web services and web site
management. The Government of B.C. does not use this data to determine
your identity unless required to do so as part of an internal
investigation or other law enforcement purpose.
Information Collected Directly From You
Personal information collected, used, disclosed and retained by a
B.C. government website is done so under the authority of the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
or other relevant legislation. Personal information will only be
used by authorized staff to fulfill the purpose for which it was
originally collected, or for a use consistent with that purpose
unless you expressly consent otherwise. We do not disclose your
information to other public bodies or individuals except as
authorized by the FOIPP Act.
The B.C. Government does not collect personal information about
you unless you voluntarily provide it to use specific online services.
However, if you choose not to provide the information required for
online services you may still be able to access government services
by traditional methods such as personal contact, fax or mail. Your
decision not to participate in electronic service delivery activities
will not impair your ability to browse the web site, read or download
any information provided on the site.
If you believe that your personal information is being used for a
purpose other than what was intended please direct your inquiries to
What safeguards are in place?
The Government of B.C. is obligated to protect your personal information
by making reasonable security arrangements against such risks as
unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. Security
measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and
day-to-day operating practices as part of government's continuing
commitment to the protection of personal information it holds.
How long is information retained?
The length of retention will vary in relation to the nature of the service.
If the Government of B.C. uses your personal information to make a decision
that directly affects you, it must retain that information for at least one
year so that you have a reasonable opportunity to obtain access to it.
Information collected or created by the Government of B.C. is maintained in
government's records retention schedules and other legislative requirements.
How can I access and correct information I submit to a web site?
You can review any personal information collected about you by submitting a
Freedom of Information request. You may request changes or annotate your personal
information if you believe it to be inaccurate by submitting a written request
describing the error. Please contact the ministry or other government body
holding your personal information. The Corporate Privacy and Information Access
Branch may be contacted for general information.
Links to other sites
Visitors should be aware that Government of B.C. web sites may include links to
web sites operated by other government agencies, non-profit organizations
new site, if one exists. The Government of B.C. is not responsible for the
privacy practices or content of external websites.
A cookie is a small file stored on your computer by your web browser when
using some internet sites. Cookies can also store personal information such
as your name, e-mail address, home or work address, or telephone number.
Persistent cookies can use this type of personal information to identify
you whenever you access a web site. Sessional cookies are used to help
you move around our web site and do not store personal information. Sessional
cookies are valid only during the time you are actually using the web site.
The Government of B.C. does not use persistent cookies (which may store
personal information) but may use sessional cookies (which do not store
regarding the FOIPP Act, can be directed to the
Corporate Privacy and Information Access Branch.
If you have a complaint or concern about your personal information, please
ministry or other government body.
If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction the FOIPP Act
provides a mechanism for independent review by contacting the
Information and Privacy Commissioner.