Freedom of Information and Privacy

We have many years of experience in dealing with FOI requests and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia. As a former head of the FOI department for a crown corporation, David Hughes has a detailed knowledge of the FOI system from both sides. We can help you to word your FOI requests to get exactly the type of information you are seeking from public entities, such as health authorities, school districts, municipalities and regional districts, crown corporations, and government ministries. We can also help public bodies with reviewing and responding to all types of FOI requests.

In addition, we can help you negotiate contracts with vendors and provide you with advice on all aspects of privacy law, making sure that your organization complies with applicable legislation and best practices. We have experience in the set up and running of a privacy program as well as hands-on experience in dealing with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner on everything from Privacy Impact Assessments to privacy breaches and investigations. We would be happy to advise your organization on all aspects of privacy compliance including: writing privacy policies, developing privacy training for employees, conducting privacy impact assessments and responding to privacy breaches.

An acknowledged authority on information and privacy law matters, David Hughes has taught a course on Privacy Law as well as co-taught a course in Information and Privacy Law at Thompson Rivers University with former Information and Privacy Commissioner, David Loukidelis, QC.