Privacy 101

In this course you will learn about the laws that govern the protection and privacy of personal information in BC and Canada, and what your organization’s responsibilities are under the law.  After attending this course you should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is, and is not, considered personal information?
  • What are OIPC, FIPPA and PIPA?
  • How do privacy laws apply to Public, Private and Political Organizations?
  • How do the laws apply to election campaigns and political organizing?
  • What are the guidelines for using cloud computing based tools like Google, MailChimp and Nation Builder?
  • How can your organization create and implement a Privacy Program?


This is a 2 hour course:

A review of Privacy Laws in BC and Canada: 1hr

  • What is personal information and what is not personal information
  • The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (BC Public Sector)
  • Personal Information Protection Act (BC Private Sector)
  • Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada)
  • Important definitions in the acts
  • Public Organizations vs Private Organizations responsibilities
  • Your rights as a citizen under the acts
  • Your responsibilities as an organization under the acts


Your Organization’s Responsibilities: 1 hr

  • Privacy legislation for dummies – the basics everyone needs to understand
  • Privacy law and political parties
  • Civic elections and the BC Local Government Act
  • Cloud computing guidelines and considerations
  • Creating and implement a Privacy Program
  • Creating a website Privacy Policy


Instructor: Neil Gaudreault

Neil Gaudreault has managed technology projects in both the Public and Private Sector for over 20 years.  He has volunteered on numerous political campaigns and has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professions and the Project Management Institute.