The year 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This is an important milestone in our province’s history, one that gives us pause to examine our past, but also to look forward to the future.
While the principles and the values underlying our legislation have endured, the challenges to information and privacy rights have grown in scale and complexity. Big data, GPS navigation, mobile devices, and facial recognition are just a few examples of new technologies that can collect detailed information about our day-to-day activities.
New approaches, new tools and new strategies are necessary to address these challenges. Going forward, we must ensure that our laws are strong enough to address the unique challenges we face today, while continuing to protect the right to privacy and access to information for future generations.
I am so proud to be hosting Privacy and Access 20/20: A New Vision for Information Rights and I look forward to engaging with privacy, access and technology experts from academia, industry, civil society, government on these issues at the conference.
I hope you will join us at this event!