Safeguarding our Information Act introduced by Oakville’s MPP

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Safeguarding our Information Act introduced by Oakville’s MPP
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Cameron Doherty

Cameron Doherty

Cameron is the Legislative Assistant for MPP Stephen Crawford, Oakville, Ontario. He is an Abbey Park High School Alumni, and graduate from Carleton University.

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Today, Stephen Crawford, MPP (Oakville) introduced a Private Members Bill, Safeguarding our Information Act, 2018, to prevent government institutions from obtaining personal information from Ontarians without their consent.

“All Ontarians deserve to be protected by a robust consumer protection law and trust that their consent will be obtained prior to the disclosure of their sensitive personal information to a government institution,” said MPP Stephen Crawford, the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

The Safeguarding our Information Act, 2018 will, if passed, amend the Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Reporting Act, and the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, to require that government institutions requesting to get personal information, may only show information if the consumer consents.

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According to a recent Nanos Research survey of Canadians, 75 per cent of respondents opposed Statistics Canada accessing personal records without consent. And if given the opportunity, the study found that 57 per cent of respondents would not consent to having their personal financial data shared with Statistics Canada.

“In our modern economy, consumers increasingly shop online and use their credit cards more frequently to pay for everyday items. Our privacy laws must be updated and enhanced to ensure consumers are protected.” Said Crawford.

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