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FOI Probe Finds “Deficiencies”

Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Victoria, B.C. – Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham  says there are  major deficiencies  in the access to  information  practices of two government  ministries and the  Office of the Premier.

In her report, “Access Denied: Record Retention and Disposal Practices of the Government of British Columbia”  Denham concluded there is a “disconnect between the actions  of political staff in responding to access to information requests. “In the course of this investigation, we uncovered negligent searches for records, a failure to keep adequate email records, a failure to document searches, and the willful destruction of records responsive to an access request. Taken together, these practices threaten the integrity of access to information in British Columbia,” said Denham.

The investigation was prompted by a  complaint from a staff member that  emails, pertinent to a  Freedom of Information request,  had been destroyed.

The commissioner has referred the matter to the RCMP.

Denham also  found  the  search for records in another  request  was “negligent” and that in a third case, there was a lack of  documentation of the search  for records  in the Office of the Premier.

Denham  has made eleven  recommendations including

  • Technological changes to stop employees from permanently deleting emails;
  • Mandatory training in records management, including training on what is a transitory record and what is not;
  • Best practices to ensure that employees follow correct processes when responding to access to information requests and meet the duty to assist;
  • Legislative changes including a duty to document key decisions of government, and oversight of information management and destruction of records with sanctions for non-compliance; and
  • Re-processing of two of the three access requests examined in this report.

The government says it is already  acting on the recommendations, by first calling on  former Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis to advise government on how to address the recommendations. Loukidelis will also provide advice and direction on enhancing freedom of information training for staff. The Government says  it will also see that the 36 pages not  included in the  request  to the Ministry of Transportation that sparked the investigation, will be delivered,  as will 20 email records missing from a  request to the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The recommendations also call for some legislative changes which the Government says will take some time to  review.


Cue the bleating ‘I hate Christy Clark’ sheep herd.

this is old hash,
why is it taking so long to deal with this?
You can bet whom ever was responsible, has had lots of time to hide their trail.

Cue the sheeple “I love Christy Clark” followers.

I don’t think pro Clark or anti Clark is the issue, or liberal issue.
The issue is shady employee or employees within our government.
Was she behind it or did she know about it, possibly, but I am for letting the police take care of that, they have the information, I don’t.
Will it happen again, perhaps.

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