CIIPS conducts research directly through our staff and volunteers, and through coordinating or sponsoring other researchers and organizations focused on public access to information and privacy.

CIIPS supports research into topics broadly related to Freedom of Information and Privacy:

  • Information rights across all media platforms
  • Freedom of Information/Right to information
  • Privacy and privacy protection
  • Data protection
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Freedom of expression
  • Open government / transparency
  • Open data
  • Information management as it affects privacy, transparency, and accountability
  • Media democracy

Examples of research goals:

  • Identify legal, policy or educational needs in the context of the above listed information and privacy areas, or related areas pertaining to the public and private sectors
  • Explore implications of an “information rights” approach to access to information and privacy issues
  • Identify practical pathways to improving access to information and privacy protection
  • Seek “best practices” in law, policy, and procedures
  • Seek policy options to adapt international best practices to the Canadian context
  • Compare and contrast public policies and public policy options
  • Explore approaches to education about information and privacy issues
  • Compile and bring order to information from multiple sources, or concerning multiple jurisdictions