You'll never guess who's putting your data at risk

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Last spring, the Chief Electoral Officer and federal Privacy Commissioner issued some basic guidelines on how political parties should protect our privacy.1

Right now, not a single major party is coming close to meeting those guidelines, leaving our most personal data open for hacking and misuse.2

Political parties collect sensitive personal data about us, and we can't trust them to keep it private. Will you... donate to make data privacy an election issue?

Yes, I'll donate to help protect our data held by political parties.

Political parties collect a wide variety of data on us, including our addresses, how we vote, our interests, and even credit card numbers if we've donated.

Yet the parties aren't subject to even the most basic privacy rules that corporations and other organizations have to follow.

The political party privacy guidelines from the Chief Electoral Officer are straightforward:3

  • Be transparent about data usage and how it's shared.
  • Get our express permission to collect and share our information.
  • Allow us to access and correct our information profiles.
  • Keep information only as long as necessary.
  • Inform us right away about breaches in data security.

But NONE of the major parties are complying with all of these guidelines right now.

Here's the good news: most people don't know that political parties aren't following these rules—and when they do find out, they're outraged.4

OpenMedia has just published a Political Party Privacy scorecard to let people know how Canada's parties are abusing our data and leaving us exposed to hacking and other misuse. Will you donate to help get the word out and make this an election issue?


For our privacy rights,
Victoria, and the whole team at OpenMedia

[1] Federal parties urged to bolster privacy protections beyond what the law requires ahead of 2019 election: The Globe and Mail
[2] Tweet by OpenMedia
[3] Federal parties urged to bolster privacy protections beyond what the law requires ahead of 2019 election: The Globe and Mail
[4] Majority of poll respondents express support for extending privacy laws to political parties: The Globe and Mail


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