Some time ago, former Prime Minister Paul Martin began a series of weekly addresses. Because none of the networks would carry his missives to the people, the Liberal Party paid for them as advertising and hosted them on their site. In order to get access to the Prime Ministers chats, you had to enter your email address. Naively thinking that the Liberal Party would respect my privacy, I did so.
Boy was I stupid.
I’ve been the target of their spam ever since. It hasn’t been often, but it has been regular. The latest is Bill Graham’s hysterical letter about the Conservative Budget.
When personal information that has been collected is to be used for a purpose not previously identified, the new purpose shall be identified prior to use. Unless the new purpose is required by law, the consent of the individual is required before information can be used for that purpose.
And here, of course, is the irony. It was a Liberal Government which introduced the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.