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Canada Dashboard Digest | Penney: Political Parties Own Canadians’ Privacy Related reading: Blockchain to aid in establishing control over our digital selves

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In a piece for The Toronto Star, Jon Penney writes that it is not law enforcement and government surveillance agencies that have “growing capability, sophistication and intent to collect information and data about Canadians en masse—including voting habits—and can do so nearly unfettered by law” but Canada’s federal political parties. “What’s more, the federal government is about to expand the mass data collection capacity of political parties even further with a new law—the Fair Elections Act,” he writes, cautioning, “Stronger personal information and data collection protection against federal political parties is both urgent and democratically essential.” Editor’s Note: Author and University of Victoria Prof. Colin Bennett will offer one of the keynotes at the upcoming IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, where he will speak about privacy and political parties.
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