Metrolinx plan to sell riders' data draws concern from Ontario privacy watchdog - 2019-08-07

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F0.png Metrolinx plan to sell riders' data draws concern from Ontario privacy watchdog August 7, 2019, Ben Spurr, Welland Tribune

The province's privacy watchdog says there are risks to Metrolinx's plan to sell riders' personal information to private companies, but the transit agency has agreed to consult with his office before considering proposals to share the data.

In a letter dated Tuesday and addressed to Ontario NDP deputy leader Sara Singh, Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish said until the opposition complained about it, he was "not previously aware" of Metrolinx's plan, unveiled last week, to sell riders' information.

Beamish said he "would be very concerned" if the agency, which is a provincial Crown corporation in charge of transportation for the GTHA, "were to share information about its customers" without first conducting "a complete review to ensure that the privacy of individuals is protected."

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{{cite news | first = Ben | last = Spurr | title = Metrolinx plan to sell riders' data draws concern from Ontario privacy watchdog | url = https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/9539503-metrolinx-plan-to-sell-riders-data-draws-concern-from-ontario-privacy-watchdog/ | work = Welland Tribune | date = August 7, 2019 | accessdate = August 8, 2019 }}