The government plans to allow Statistics Canada to gather transactional level personal banking information of 500,000 Canadians without their knowledge or consent;
Canadians’ personal financial and banking information belongs to them, not to the government;
Canadians have a right to privacy and to know and consent to when their financial and banking information is being accessed and for what purpose;
Media reports highlight that this banking information is being collected for the purposes of developing “a new institutional personal information bank”; and
This is a gross intrusion into Canadians’ personal and private lives.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately cancel this initiative which amounts of a gross invasion of privacy, and ensure such requests for personal data never happen again.
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