December 12, 2018 - Alan Berk is a Canadian who received a bizarre letter from a credit bureau, informing him that Statistics Canada had performed a "soft inquiry" into his credit records. Berk happens to know quite a lot about the credit industry, so he immediately realized how unusual and concerning this was.
How many other Canadians have Statistics Canada "inquired" about? Is the government pulling up your credit information, too? We want to find out, and will investigate further into what happened to Berk.
We’ve hired a senior lawyer who is working on a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner on behalf of Alan.
As first reported by David Akin, Justin Trudeau is ordering Canada’s banks to hand over the complete, personal records of half a million citizens to the government, without a search warrant.
Statistics Canada is asking banks across the country for financial transaction data and personal information of 500,000 Canadians without their knowledge, Global News has learned. Documents obtained by Global News show the national statistical agency plans to collect “individual-level financial transactions data” and sensitive information, like social insurance numbers (SIN), from Canadian financial institutions to develop a “new institutional personal information bank.
What’s so incredible here is that this was being done secretly. The proposal was secret. And the data will be swept up secretly. No search warrant. No probable cause. You didn’t have to do anything wrong. You were just “chosen” to be the unlucky one — and you won’t know when it happens; and your bank will not be able to tell you.
And this program is set to begin in January.
Justin Trudeau says this is necessary to make better government decisions. Really? And how would that work? Would knowing that you spent a dollar on lunch -- or something more personal, like alcohol or cigarettes; or a particular medicine at a pharmacy -- and knowing what store you bought it at, and when you bought it, and what credit card you used, and the time and place data would be in there, would that really help Trudeau make better decisions?
But even if that information was genuinely needed by the government -- which it isn't -- why do they need to know your name and date of birth and social insurance number? If it’s just to build a statistical model about our digital economy — why have your name in it, your social insurance number?
That doesn’t make any sense, does it — unless of course there are still some secrets about this that Trudeau hasn't disclosed. This whole thing was supposed to be a secret; David’s report blew that open. But what hasn’t been revealed yet?
I don’t trust Trudeau or his wrecking crew. But I wouldn’t trust a Conservative, either. I wouldn’t trust any politician, or anyone in government. They snoop. They take a peek. They gossip. They check out neighbours, friends, enemies. Ex-wives. Ex-husbands. Whatever.
So let's tell Trudeau that this is outrageous and unacceptable, and it’s a gross violation of our privacy.
If you agree please sign the petition below.
But that's not all. We’ve also hired a senior lawyer who is working on a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner — and will help us continue the fight if the commissioner’s response isn’t satisfactory.
Thanks for your help. Canada’s civil liberties groups have been silent on this fiasco, so it falls to us to fight back!
Sign the petition!
Justin Trudeau must immediately call off his plan to secretly seize the personal banking records of half a million law-abiding Canadian citizens each year.