MICHAEL McEVOY was appointed to a six-year term as BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly in 2018.
Immediately prior to his appointment he helped lead the Information Commissioner’s Office of the United Kingdom’s investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
Since his appointment, Commissioner McEvoy has led a series of investigations aimed at strengthening access to information and protection of privacy, ranging from a ground-breaking report on how BC’s political parties collect and use the personal information of BC voters to an examination of the massive health data breach by LifeLabs. He also oversees the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s (OIPC) intensive efforts to educate BC organizations about their privacy obligations under the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), including the PrivacyRight program.
Commissioner McEvoy is recognized as a national and international leader in the privacy authority community. With the global flow of trade and data requiring privacy regulators to closely cooperate, Commissioner McEvoy chairs the governing committee of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), which brings privacy and data protection regulators together across the Asia Pacific region.