To: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Today, Canadians are asking you to take firm steps towards long-overdue reforms of our privacy laws.
Data scandals such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica one has highlighted how individuals struggle to protect their privacy online, and how Canada’s out-of-date privacy laws are failing to protect us.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Greater legal protections for our rights will give the Canadian government more power to take action should other incidents like this occur.
The acts that govern data privacy in the public and private sector must be updated to keep up with our changing digital world. We ask that you urgently commit to a review and reform of PIPEDA and the Privacy Act.
Crucial protections are currently missing from PIPEDA, such as enforcement powers which would force non-compliant organizations to meet their privacy obligations.
Additionally, the fact that political parties are exempt from privacy legislation presents a significant potential conflict of interest. This exemption leaves many people in Canada convinced the current system is not working in our best interest.
We need guarantees that our governments' political interests will not take precedence over our privacy and security. We need to safeguard our democracy and protect against undue influence stemming from online privacy violations.
We ask that you commit to reforming Canada's privacy laws, informed by a full public consultation — both PIPEDA and the Privacy Act — to bring our privacy protections into the 21st century.
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