Ramona Pringle, writing for CBC News »

Many Canadians might be surprised to learn, for example, that political parties are not subject to the same privacy rules as other organizations, such as governments and corporations, both of which must adhere to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

“Corporations and government need to obtain an individual’s consent before collecting or using their data, but campaigning parties are not prevented from using people’s personal information, which can be collected without opt-in, to pitch their politics,” said Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario and founder of the Privacy by Design framework, which encourages organizations to create technologies that are private by default and let users opt-in to data-sharing features.