Spotlight – The Fair Elections Act lacks measures to crack down on robo-calls and privacy gaps

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The 2011 robo-calls scandal helped spur Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, but critics argue the legislation does not give Elections Canada the tools it needs to solve the problems. Critics also say longstanding proposals to fix gaps in privacy laws are not addressed in the Bill. In view of these developments, the IRPP would like to highlight the following publications:

Issues Arising from Improper Communications with Electors
Roundtable Report, March 2013
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A reportsummarizing the proceedings of an IRPP-Elections Canada round table says reforms to Canada’s electoral process are needed, and must go beyond a direct response to the robo-calls affair. Changes should also address critical issues that arise from even legitimate communications with electors with regards to transparency, data management and privacy protection.

What political parties know about you
Policy Options, February 2013
Colin J. Bennett says Canadian political parties are gathering more and more data on voters all the time. It’s time we regulated what data they glean, and what they can do with it.

It's more than robo-calls
Policy Options, February 2013
Ken Cosgrove observes that new technologies are changing campaigns, and they also raise questions about voters’ privacy.

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