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B.C. privacy czar calls out political parties; federal parties should heed that call too, say researchers

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Federal political parties are ‘totally unregulated, and there’s no oversight, and we have no way of looking behind the door,’ says Prof. Teresa Scassa.

Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien has no power to monitor federal political parties' approach to Canadian voters’ information, unlike his B.C. provincial counterpart, who last week published a report revealing parties collected too much information, often likely without consent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

An investigation in British Columbia that found flaws in provincial political parties’ privacy practices creates one more pressure point to push for oversight federally where no protections for Canadian voters exist, data experts say.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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