In an op-ed for the Toronto Star, Jennifer Wells explains the problems with Statistics Canada’s efforts to collect the financial transaction data of 500,000 citizens. Wells cites the Statistics Act that was updated last December, which sought to emphasize transparent data stewardship. The author also understands Statistics Canada’s efforts to modernize the agency, while adding it should not come at the cost of privacy. “StatsCan has yet to satisfactorily explain why its demand for data should be connected to you, by name, instead of you, Consumer X,” Wells writes. “The whole affair reflects badly on the agency. Updating the Statistics Act, which eliminated potential prison time for not responding to the mandatory census, was meant to advance us on the international stage.”
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