Guess who ISN'T covered by privacy laws

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Paov, I’ve got a pretty straightforward question for you: do you think that Canada’s political parties should follow Canada’s privacy laws?

72% of people in Canada do.1 As does the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.2 And so does the all-party committee that... made this key recommendation after studying the Cambridge Analytica scandal.3

But the Liberal government has just stated that despite all of this, it does not intend to make political parties follow privacy laws.4

This means that there would continue to be no laws or oversight governing how political parties collect, use or store our data – and no requirements for them to disclose if our personal information has been hacked or breached.

Information about our political views is so incredibly sensitive, and it’s totally unacceptable for our political parties to put their self-interest above our privacy and security.

If you think this should change, then you need to make sure they hear your voice loud and clear. Send a message right now.

DEMAND PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

There is good news: there’s still time to change their minds.

The government has yet to make their official response to the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee’s report and recommendations. And Bill C-76, the elections modernization bill, is still being debated in the House of Commons and could be amended to include this important change.

But for that to happen, Karina Gould, the Minister of Democratic Institutions (who’s office is responsible for this decision) needs to hear from people all over Canada that this issue is important to them. Speak out to make sure they feel the pressure!

SPEAK OUT

The Cambridge Analytica scandal showed how vital it is that we safeguard our democracy and protect our elections from being influenced by privacy violations.

Let’s make sure our politicians can’t get away with ignoring us any longer – add your voice to the urgent letter to the Minister of Democratic Institutions!

Thanks for everything you do,
Victoria with OpenMedia

P.S. On top of our work to pressure the government to change these laws, OpenMedia is filing a legal challenge to hold political parties accountable for our data. To fund the challenge, make a donation here!

Footnotes
[1] 72% of people in Canada support stronger privacy rules for political parties:
OpenMedia
[2] Political parties need privacy rules, watchdogs say:
The Star
[3] House committee says privacy laws should apply to political parties:
CBC
[4] Liberals won’t put political parties under privacy laws in wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal:
The Star

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