Bc Government Information Sharing Agreement
There are also government programs that allow for a secure exchange of information, including the data innovation program and the Data BC program. The exchange of information is an important function of an effective public service. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) allows public authorities to disclose personal data in certain circumstances. FOIPPA reflects the public utility of information exchange. FoIPPA provides authorities that allow the collection, use and disclosure of personal data. ISAs help ensure privacy when personal data is exchanged. In some cases, an ISA is required and in other cases the ISA is left to the discretion of the department. The code supports the responsible and legitimate exchange of personal data, the protection of personal data and aims to help public authorities to put into practice the fundamental principles of data protection. It was developed in consultation with the Office of the Data Protection Comptroller. The code contains an information sharing sheet (PDF) that can help public sector staff assess the proposed information exchange activity and determine whether it is responsible and compatible with FOIPPA.
Public bodies enter into information exchange agreements (ISAs) when regular and systematic exchanges of personal data take place between public sector organizations or between a public sector organization and an external agency. ISAs document the conditions for the exchange of personal data in accordance with the provisions of the law and any other applicable legislation. The MS Word model provides an example of a document that can be used when designing ISAs. The information exchange instructions (ISA instructions) are specific to ministries and promote the responsible and legitimate exchange of information. They indicate the direction to be taken in the preparation of ISAs, even if an ISA is required and when it can be prepared at the discretion of the department. Where the exchange of information is authorized under THE FOIPPA, the protection of personal data is not incompatible with the transmission of personal data. The Information Sharing Agreements Guidance (PDF) supports ministry staff who work with ISAs to interpret, understand and implement ISA instructions. The ISA guideline helps ministry staff interpret and understand the use of ISA directions by translating ISA directions into plain language.
The ISA guideline also addresses issues that departments may have to prepare ISAs. The Office of the Data Protection Controller (IOPC) or contact the IOPC.