Statistics Canada under Justin Trudeau is demanding access to individual Canadians’ complete personal banking and financial information. As Canadians are getting more concerned about protecting their personal data, Stats Canada is getting more aggressive at prying it out of them. That is not the appropriate response for a government agency. They already have 1,000 employees whose daily job is to call and do phone surveys.
This invasion of privacy goes way too far – what is more private than people’s daily banking information (other than, perhaps, their medical records)?
What can be more easily used to manipulate you than the government having access to all your financial activity? This is coming from a government that thinks it is okay to force people to sign attestations of belief in order to access government programs.
The reality is that government has a terrible record of ensuring online data security. CRA already has enough financial information on us and it is used in a general sense.
This invasion of individual personal lives and privacy is new, it’s dangerous, and it’s something every Canadian should loudly reject.
David Anderson, MP