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Canadians deserve privacy

Dear Editor,

Our privacy, our democracy and our electoral process are at risk due to outdated privacy laws that fail to properly protect people in Canada.

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 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. Politicians shouldn’t exempt themselves from the same privacy laws they make companies follow. Canada’s Chief Electoral Office and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada both support amending the law to provide protection for our sensitive political data. I suggest political parties should be made subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. To ensure the trust of voters, political parties should make a commitment to change this in their party platforms this election.


Roy Cunningham