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Tuesday, June 4 • 9:30am - 10:45am
T16: Privacy Issues in Libraries

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Privacy is foundational to the work and mission of libraries. Individuals need to be able to freely access resources and explore their interests without fear or concern that their activities will be subject to scrutiny or surveillance.

Commitments to privacy have long been featured in librarians’ codes of ethics and policies. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ code of ethics states that its members have the responsibility to protect the privacy and dignity of library users and staff. In British Columbia, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act works in concert with this responsibility by preventing the unauthorized collection, use or disclosure of personal information by public bodies.

This session will provide an overview of FIPPA, with a focus on how it applies in the library context. Attendees should leave this session with a better understanding of their privacy obligations, as well as the resources and tools that are available to them. They should also gain insight into how FIPPA operates in some of the common scenarios that they encounter in their day to day work. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.


Nathan Elliot

Policy Analyst, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC

Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am AKDT
Keith Gordon Room