Revelations by Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie exposed how Facebook and other social media and data broker companies have harvested and exploited information about the private social media activity of millions of people around the world. It is alleged that Cambridge Analytica inappropriately collected information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users.
This information was used by to build psychographic profiles that were then used for election campaigning and to influence political outcomes. So far, we have information that links this to the U.S. federal election, and the U.K.'s Brexit vote — but the full scope of how this system has been utilized remains unclear.1
Political parties are not currently covered under Canada's existing privacy laws — which make us incredibly vulnerable to the same types of campaign manipulation happening right here at home. It's going to take an immense amount of pressure to convince our government to give up its exemptions, and bring Canada's privacy laws up to date. We hope you will join us.2