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