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Federal Privacy Law Doesn’t Govern Political Parties

PRIVACY LAW

September 28, 2012

Concerns have recently been raised about how political parties use personal information and the lack of Canadian laws governing that use, CBC News reports. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) recently noted that “Canadian federal privacy protection law does not cover federal political parties.” Though troubled by the reports, OPC spokeswoman Anne-Marie Hayden said, “Our office does not have jurisdiction over political parties under either the Privacy Act or the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.” Of the provincial laws, only BC’s covers political parties under its Personal Information Protection Act, the report states.
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