30 Oct Trudeau Backs Statistics Canada Decision to Move Canadian Banking Info Without Consent
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau defended this week a decision by Statistics Canada to compel banks and financial institutions to move the personal banking data of some 500,000 people without getting their consent.
Trudeau justified that high quality and timely data are critical to ensuring that government programs remain relevant and effective for Canadians.
However, Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen, who questioned Trudeau last Monday, said that Canadians should rightfully be worried, given the country’s long history of government privacy breaches.
Meanwhile, StatCan assured that it has the legal authority to request the data, even without informing Canadians or getting their consent. The agency said that the data will be used to build a personal information data bank for the analysis of consumer trends and spending habits.
Source: Global News CA