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Questions remain over political party data practices after recent testimony, says expert Colin Bennett

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien used strong terms to urge the federal government to make parties subject to privacy laws last week, noting even tech giants like Apple and Facebook recognize ‘the status quo cannot continue.’

Reps from Canada's major political parties appeared before a House committee on Oct. 30 to speak about their data collection, use, and protection practices. They were: Trevor Bailey, left, the Conservative Party’s privacy officer and director of membership; Michael Fenrick, a constitutional and legal adviser to the Liberal Party’s national board of directors; and Jessie Calvert, director of operations for the NDP. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Little has been learned and questions remains after the recent and unprecedented House committee appearance by representatives from Canada’s major political parties, who spoke about and took questions on parties’ collection, use, and protection of personal data, says University of Victoria professor and privacy expert Colin Bennett.

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