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Privacy commissioner says StatCan went too far in collecting Canadians personal data

The federal privacy watchdog says the national statistics agency could not justify plans to collect data about Canadians' financial transactions without their knowledge or consent. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says in his annual report that his investigation did not find Statistics Canada had violated the law. However it did raise significant privacy concerns about the design of the agency's programs and the shortcomings of existing legislation.



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