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OPC Investigating Allegations Against Postal Service

PRIVACY—CANADA

April 13, 2011

The daughter of the victim of mail scams is raising concerns with the federal privacy commissioner about Canada's postal service, CBC reports. The woman says Canada Post sold her 84-year-old father's new mailing address to companies that update addresses in a federal database after his address was changed to avoid marketing scams. The database--containing thousands of new addresses--is accessible to 37 companies for a $10,000 charge each. Those companies update address lists for marketers. Canada Post "should not under any circumstances be selling personal information," the woman said. Canada Post says it offers an opt-out box to customers on its address change form. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart is investigating.
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