Statistics Canada is defending its attempt to obtain sensitive banking details of more than 500,000 Canadians without their consent.
The agency says it is trying to compel Canadian banks to hand over the financial records of some customers as part of a new program to track financial data.
Data sought by Statistics Canada includes account balances, debit and credit transactions, mortgage payments and e-transfers. The agency has already obtained personal financial information from the TransUnion credit bureau.
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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is now investigating.