The Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce urges the federal government to update privacy legislation in response to Statistics Canada’s plan to obtain the financial information of 500,000 citizens, Global News reports. The committee’s report states the Canadian government should modernize the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in order to bring Canada’s law closer to global legislation, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation. “Canadians are rightly concerned about what information Statistics Canada is collecting and how it will be used,” Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen said in a statement. “The secretive manner in which this agency has gone about its work does not inspire confidence. Canadians need to know their information is being collected in an open, transparent and secure manner.”
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