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B.C. privacy commissioner to probe federal political parties’ data practices

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Michael McEvoy is looking into whether the province’s personal information rules apply to federal parties operating in B.C. While they are currently required to publish privacy policies, they’re not held to any standards or subject to enforcement. B.C. is the only jurisdiction in Canada where privacy laws cover political parties. If McEvoy finds that federal parties are subject to B.C. laws, he could issue a binding order requiring them to comply with those rules, which give individuals the right to know what personal information organizations have about them, and bans organizations from collecting more data than they need to provide a product or service. (Toronto Star)

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