Recent legislative changes now allow local governments in B.C. to store personal information outside of Canada, as amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) were enacted on November 25, 2021. These amendments include updates to FOIPPA’s data-residency provisions, which previously required personal information to be stored and accessed in Canada, except under limited circumstances.
These amendments bring B.C. in line with other jurisdictions by removing restrictions that could present barriers to using some digital tools and technologies. (Learn more on the B.C. Government website.) This presents exciting opportunities for B.C. municipalities, as they are now able to keep pace with new technologies and provide the services their citizens expect.
We anticipate many municipalities will now reconsider the tools and platforms they use. For example, the number of platform options for e-newsletter services has grown immensely. CyberImpact was always popular with Canadian municipalities because it was one of the few email marketing companies that stored its data in Canada. However, we anticipate that more municipalities will look into using Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and others. It is important to note that under these new requirements, public bodies will have to complete an additional assessment when sensitive personal information is disclosed to be stored outside of Canada.
This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for local B.C. governments that will allow them to better meet their users' needs and expectations when it comes to marketing and communications.
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