Principle 3: Consent for collection, use or disclosure

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The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, except when inappropriate.

The obligation for obtaining consent(s) rests with those public bodies (i.e. Data Stewards) and Researchers who originally collect the Data. Population Data BC does not perform any primary collection of Personal Information and is only engaged in secondary use or secondary disclosure of Personal Information initially collected by other public bodies or individuals.

Pursuant to section 33 of FIPPA, the designated public bodies are permitted to disclose Personal Information to Population Data BC. Pursuant to Section 35 of FIPPA, Population Data BC and Researchers with approved access to Data collected by the designated public bodies are not required to seek individual consent for the use of those Data for research and statistical purposes. 

Population Data BC relies on public bodies to collect Personal Information in a lawful manner and in accordance with the requirements of FIPPA. Where consent is required, Population Data BC relies on the public bodies overseeing the initial collection of Personal Information to have obtained the appropriate consent(s) required for collecting and using the Personal Information. Research ethics board and Data Steward review will confirm whether the consent(s) is/are appropriate for the requested uses of the Data.


Page last revised: November 3, 2014