Agreements, Contracts & Consent
Public sector organizations may disclose personal information through:
- Research agreements
- Information sharing agreements
- Contracts with service providers
- Individual consent
- MLA consent
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) allows public sector organizations in B.C. to disclose personal information in their custody or under their control for research or statistical purposes. Researchers can gain access to this information by entering into a legal research agreement that outlines the specific conditions for disclosure. This sample research agreement (PDF) provides an example of a binding legal document designed for this purpose.
Information sharing agreements (ISAs) are used when there is a regular exchange of personal information between public sector organizations or between a public sector organization and an external agency. For more information, review the ISA guidelines (PDF).
The information sharing agreement template (MS Word) provides an example of a binding legal document designed for this purpose.
Many public sector organizations, including government ministries, rely on service providers to supply goods, services and construction. These contracts may require the service provider to collect, create, use, disclose or store personal information on behalf of the public sector organization.
Complete and attach a privacy protection schedule to any contract between a public sector organization and a contractor that involves personal information owned or controlled by the public sector organization.
An individual may consent to the disclosure of his or her personal information inside or outside of Canada. Learn more in the consents and authorization tip sheet for public bodies (PDF).
A Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) can request the release of personal information on behalf of an individual by using a Certificate of Authority. Learn more in the certificate of authority Q&A (PDF).