Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

With the growing use of digital data and communications technology to create, receive and transmit personal information, it is increasingly important that everyone understand their role and responsibilities when accessing, collecting, using, disclosing, storing, protecting, retaining and disposing of this information. The reference material available here will help University departments and employees needing advice or training about privacy protection as well as anyone wishing to access information contained in University records.

How SFU manages personal information is governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, called FIPPA for short. The University, its employees, service providers and volunteers share a legal obligation to protect personal information in the custody or under the control of SFU. All must comply with the Act's privacy rules and regulations whenever third party personal information is entrusted to the University’s care. The SFU Information and Privacy Officer is available to assist staff with advice and support in matters relating to FIPPA.

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

The website of the Provincial Commissioner contains detailed information about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

University Policy Gazette - Information Policies

The University has a number of policies dealing with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy. See the complete list in the Gazette.