Your Privacy Rights in BC

  • Recorded on: February 28, 2023

  • Length: 60 minutes


Lawyers Daniel Reid and Keri Bennett, and Jason Woywada and Mike Larsen of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, answer questions on the privacy issues that come up in daily life.


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What “the right to privacy” actually means and who decides what is protected. [3:00]

  • Common, everyday situations that engage your rights to privacy. [6:20]

  • What the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is, and the role it plays in promoting and defending freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. [8:50]

  • Who has access to your health records and what you can do if you don’t want others to see them. [11:25]

  • What information a prospective employer can collect about you as a background check, including whether they can ask for a criminal record check. [14:25]

  • Whether a landlord can require you to submit your bank records before renting to you. [17:20]

  • What to watch for when you agree to privacy policies online and how to protect your data when using apps or making online purchases. [19:40]

  • Whether a stranger can take a photo or video of you in a public place. [24:35]

  • When it’s okay for employers to install surveillance in the workplace, including video surveillance and remote monitoring. [26:40]

  • Whether law enforcement can monitor your whereabouts or ask to see your phone. [29:45]

  • What signs to look for if you think you have had your identity stolen and what you can do about it. [34:45]

  • What recourse you have if your privacy rights have been breached. [39:25]

  • How to access your health records. [42:55]

  • What privacy laws govern the taking of videos or photos at public events. [44:25]

  • Who is allowed to ask you for your social insurance number. [46:55]

  • Whether a strata can store personal information about owners outside of Canada. [50:15]

  • Whether video taken of a neighbour causing a nuisance on your property can be used in bringing a court case. [52:20]


Jason Woywada

Jason Woywada

Jason Woywada is the executive director of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA). Prior to joining FIPA, Jason worked as a broadcast journalist, in a variety of roles at the legislative assembly in Manitoba, and as a policy analyst with the Ministry of Citizens’ Services in BC. Through the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional Canada (CIPP/C) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). He has a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business. 

Mike Larsen

Mike Larsen

Mike Larsen is president of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA), a non-partisan, non-profit society dedicated to promoting and defending the freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. He is a faculty member and chair of the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he teaches courses on criminal justice, criminological theory, law and society, and crime and media. His research deals with access to information, privacy, and security practices.

Daniel Reid

Daniel Reid

Daniel Reid is a lawyer with Harper Grey LLP in Vancouver. He maintains a broad defamation, privacy, health law and insurance practice, with particular experience in online defamation, breach of privacy, and professional negligence cases. Daniel is cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in the leading case concerning liability attached to hyperlinks. Daniel is a sought after speaker on legal/technological issues. In his health law practice, Daniel represents clients in civil legal matters and has appeared at all levels of court in BC and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Keri Bennett

Keri Bennett

A lawyer at DLA Piper, Keri Bennett provides strategic advice and representation to public and private sector clients in all areas ‎of privacy, access to information and workplace law matters‎.‎ ‎Keri is certified by the Information and Privacy Professionals Association (IAPP/C), past chair of the ‎CBA Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section (BC Branch), and an executive member of the ‎Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers privacy committee. She regularly speaks and writes on ‎privacy law issues.

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Additional resources

From People’s Law School: 

From Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA):

From the BC privacy commissioner:

From the federal privacy commissioner:

Privacy laws:


  • R. v. Fearon, leading case from the Supreme Court of Canada on police powers to search someone’s cellphone

  • Federal bill C-27, the Digital Charter Implementation Act

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