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Federal political parties, like everyone else in Canada, must respect Canadians’ privacy rights. They should commit to a genuinely effective and enforceable national regime for the protection of the personal data they process, and subject themselves to meaningful external accountability and oversight. 

Instead of accepting these basic principles, three federal political parties have challenged the application of British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) to their operations in the province. On May 14th, 2024, the British Columbia Supreme Court dismissed their arguments unequivocally. It is now time for these federal political parties to end their legal proceedings and to instead put their efforts into the development of a comprehensive national regime protecting the personal data of Canadians shared with political parties. 

That is why, on June 10, 2024, the CCLA signed the joint letter from nearly 40 legal experts and civil society groups calling on the three federal political parties to drop their legal case in British Columbia and to jointly work with regulators and parliamentarians so that higher privacy standards apply to their activities across the entire country. 

Read the joint letter we signed here. 

About the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The CCLA is an independent, non-profit organization with supporters from across the country. Founded in 1964, the CCLA is a national human rights organization committed to defending the rights, dignity, safety, and freedoms of all people in Canada.

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