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Political parties should follow federal privacy laws, says reader

As a species, we have outpaced our genetic instructions on how to act. Our critical thinking abilities and our ability to communicate truthfully is at risk. The present risk of disinformation and purposefully complicated avenues of truths create the very real environment for manipulation, especially the use of social media to isolate and to discriminate. The geological barriers that have created a variety of people who migrate or otherwise come to this county and earn the privilege of voting as a Canadian citizen are cast aside with technology such as the internet. There is belief, I think, amongst people generally that it is in all of our collective best interests to protect our private information and to ensure it is only retained and used for a method directly related to the agreed-upon use. There needs to be direct consent and accountable oversight on how the data is used.

Canada’s election is just around the corner and I’m concerned that our political parties are not protecting the personal information they gather from us. I believe that they should be made subject to federal privacy laws. Political parties should follow the same rules that companies have to—it’s only fair. Privacy matters, regardless of who we vote for. In this election, I believe all the parties should commit to protecting our privacy and I’ll be looking to see if they do when I make my voting decision.

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