This is not the first time the data of millions of people has been mishandled by big corporations. From Yahoo to Ashley Madison to Equifax, we have seen dozens of data breaches over the past decade.2-4
While these companies often end up paying millions in fines and settlements in the US and the EU, there is often little consequence for companies in Canada.
Just a few years back, LifeLabs lost the information of 16,000 people in British Columbia with no repercussions to speak of.5
What’s worse, earlier this year, the privacy commissioners of Canada and BC found that AggregateIQ broke local privacy rules during its work on the Brexit campaign with Cambridge Analytica. Yet, the company did not pay any fines or face any consequence for breaking Canada’s privacy laws.6
In the wake of this data breach at Life Labs, we need the new parliament to take immediate action to strengthen our privacy laws and create better enforcement mechanisms.
This starts with the parliamentary committee in charge of privacy launching an investigation into this breach and proposing ways to increase corporate accountability to stop these breaches for once and for all.
Sign this petition today so we can deliver it to the new committee as soon as the members are appointed by Parliament.