Privacy Commissioner To Investigate Stats Canada As Backlash Against Data-Grab Grows

Investigation comes after nationwide outrage over attempt to access Canadians’ private banking information.

Canada’s privacy commissioner is going to look into Statistics Canada’s demand to access the private banking info of Canadians, as a backlash against the agency continues to grow.

According to Global News, “Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a statement Wednesday it’s launching the investigation after receiving complaints related to Statistics Canada’s collection of personal banking information. The announcement comes after Chief statistician Anil Arora defended the agency’s decision to compel the country’s nine largest financial institutions to turn over that data without their consent.”

Outrage has spread throughout the country, yet Justin Trudeau has refused to stand up for Canadians, instead defending the horrible attempted privacy breach by the StatsCan bureaucracy.

As Conservative MP Lisa Raitt said, “Canadians don’t agree with it. My phone is ringing off the hook and so are the phones of my colleagues. Facebook is on fire. Canadians don’t like this.”

Not only must Canadians demand that this privacy breach is stopped, but we must call on the Opposition parties to come together in support of legislation stripping Stats Canada of the ability to get that info in the first place.

The government is supposed to serve us, not take our info without asking.

Spencer Fernando

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