In an op-ed for The Toronto Star, James George Jatras criticizes the recent “so-called ‘intergovernmental agreement’ to enforce FATCA, the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, in Canada.” Among the issues he raises with that decision are questions about privacy. He writes that “even FATCA’s advocates concede that direct enforcement is ‘wholly unachievable’ due to privacy protection laws in many countries that don’t allow personal data to be sent to unauthorized recipients … The primary purpose of the agreement is to nullify protections under the Bank Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, the Canadian Human Rights Code and especially the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
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