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Al­berta vot­ers need to dis­cuss pri­vacy laws ahead of 2019 elec­tion to pre­vent mis­use

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Most pro­vin­cial pri­vacy laws aren’t pro­tect­ing vot­ers from the po­ten­tial mis­use of sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion — and while there’s pub­lic scru­tiny over sim­i­lar fed­eral loop­holes, those con­ver­sa­tions haven’t started in Al­berta yet.

In all, 622,161 Cana­di­ans may be among 87 mil­lion peo­ple whose per­sonal data was har­vested by Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, a con­sult­ing firm with ties to both the Trump pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Brexit.

The Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal has spurred a na­tion­wide de­bate about pri­vacy but that dis­cus­sion hasn’t per­co­lated into the pro­vin­cial laws, where po­lit­i­cal sci­ence ex­perts like Colin Ben­nett say sim­i­lar loop­holes in pri­vacy laws ex­ist. In Al­berta, where a pro­vin­cial elec­tion looms in 2019, the de­bate is ur­gent.

The pro­vin­cial Per­sonal In­for­ma­tion Pro­tec­tion Act (PIPA) gov­erns how com­pa­nies are able to col­lect and use per­sonal data. But that law specif­i­cally

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MLA David Swann says while po­lit­i­cal par­ties may have a vested in­ter­est in get­ting as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble, the prov­ince has to put lim­its on that to pre­vent mis­use.

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For any in­ter­ested planters, the food bank looks for root veg­gies, such as pota­toes, beets, turnip, car­rots, onions and zuc­chini.

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