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House Ethics Committee open to looking at federal political parties in probe on global online data abuse scandal

By Jolson Lim      

Federal parties aren’t covered by privacy laws that regulate federal agencies and corporations, something the privacy commissioner and others say needs to change in light of the Facebook data abuse scandal.

NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured speaking with reporters before Question Period on Feb. 11, said he wants to call whistleblower Christopher Wylie and others to testify before the House Ethics Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Members of the House Ethics Committee are open to studying how federal political parties are using online personal information as part of an upcoming probe of the explosive Facebook data-mining scandal, which could see key players like Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie, co-founder of AggregateIQ Jeff Silvester, and Facebook executives asked to testify. 

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