How is learning data protected?

Learning data is collected, stored, and accessed according to best practices in privacy and security, UBC policy, and BC legislation, including BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

UBC policy requires that instructors and staff only access learning data as part of their duties as UBC employees and that they take appropriate steps to keep that information secure. Refer to the Canvas FAQs to learn more about how personal information is managed in Canvas.

Data Residency

Data that is retained though UBC’s learning tools is stored in Canada, as required by FIPPA.

Some tools and apps that UBC instructors choose to use in their courses (ex. Google Docs) may store data outside of Canada. When these types of tools are used in a course, instructors are asked to let their students know that their data is being stored outside of Canada. If you’re ever taking a course that requires you to use a tool that stores data outside of Canada, keep in mind that you have the option of using an alias to ensure you can’t be identified.