The bureaucratic state can’t even protect their own information, so why should we trust them with ours?
On July 11, 2016, a massive privacy breach at Service Canada exposed the personal info of about 13,000 government workers.
According to reports, the breach exposed the age, test results, and salaries of the employees, as well as “employment equity” info – such as race or disability.
The breach was reportedly caused by “inadvertent human error” according to the public service, as an employee attached a spreadsheet containing the info to an email that was not encrypted.
I have two thoughts on this:
First, taxpayers should have access to the salary info of all government workers. They work for us. We are their bosses. So that info should be public. The other info – test results, background, etc. – could understandably remain private.
Second, the fact that the government is so bad at protecting and managing their own info just goes to show why a smaller, less powerful, and more decentralized government is necessary. This breach was the third at Service Canada in one year, so why should we trust the government with our information?
As time goes on, the government becomes more and more intrusive. They ask for more of our private information, and the bureaucratic state grows more powerful. And yet, they repeatedly show that their power doesn’t come with an equal amount of competence.
It’s time to start rolling back the bureaucratic state, and – aside from essential national security investigations – enhance the rights and individual liberty of Canadian citizens to protect our information from the government.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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