CHARLIE ANGUS' LETTER TO SUPPORTERS - APRIL 25, 2019
This morning I sent a letter of consent giving Canada's Privacy Commissioner the power to initiate a federal court action against Facebook. This action was necessary because of Facebook's refusal to respond, in any credible manner, to the Commissioner's damning report on privacy violations that affected 600,000 Canadians in the notorious Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In 2018 I wrote to Privacy Commissioner Therrien asking him to investigate the implications of the Cambridge Analytica breach on Canadian citizens. The report by the Commissioner was issued this morning. It is a thorough and damning investigation into the lack of corporate accountability at Facebook.
Facebook has shown a total disregard for the steps needed to restore trust. As a consequence, the Commissioner is looking to take them to federal court to force compliance. As I am the complainant in the case, he requires my consent. I have given that consent.
We are watching the rise of data giants with unprecedented corporate power who believe they are above the laws of nations and have no responsibility for the growing levels of extremism and attacks against democratic institutions that are being played out through the abuse of their platforms.
This is not acceptable.
I will continue to be an advocate for digital rights and corporate accountability.
We're in this together, Charlie