As sent to one of NDP MP Charalie Angus’ constituents, “northernstar”:
In NDP Letter to Acting Privacy Commissioner, March 24, 2014, MPs Charlie Angus and Murray Rankin ask Acting Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Chantal Bernier, if the IGA negotiated and signed with the US adequately respect the privacy rights of Canadian-US dual citizens. They also ask what modifications to the Canadian Privacy Act are required to better protect the privacy rights of Canadians affected by aggressive FATCA reporting requirements.
Angus says the problem facing Canadians of American origin is that the Privacy Act is woefully out of date especially when it comes to sharing cross-border information.
“There are serious concerns that Canadians privacy rights are not going to be respected by the negotiations over FACTA.”
Angus says he doesn’t have faith in the Conservative government’s negotiations on the FACTA file.
“The Conservative government says that private information will be handled by CRA and covered by the Privacy Act, but, several audits by the Privacy Commissioner have pointed out consistent deficiencies in CRA’s handling of Canadians private information, and several reports by the Privacy Commissioner have argued that the Privacy Act is in need of urgent reform.”
Thanks for your persistence in communications with you MP, northernstar. Your NDP MP response and action compared to that of my Conservative MP, is outstanding. He is to be congratulated.