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‘We’ll have to put the light on it’: politicos and privacy experts urge investigation into PHAC’s collection of cellphone data

By Matthew Horwood      

A Conservative and Bloc Québécois MP say they are ‘worried' by PHAC’s lack of transparency on the plan, and they want to know why the data was collected, whether it will go through a third party, and how long it will be used for.

Conservative MPs John Brassard, Damien Kurek, Lianne Rood, and Bloc Québécois MP René Villemure urged an emergency House Ethics Committee meeting, set for Jan. 13, to discuss PHAC's collection of the mobile data of 33 million Canadians. Photographs courtesy of the House of Commons

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s plan to continue using “de-identified” cellphone data to track Canadians’ pandemic travel patterns lacks transparency, accountability, and needs to be put under closer scrutiny, according to privacy experts and a Conservative and Bloc Québécois MP.

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