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Census officials must explain online security

I was pleased that the Ottawa Citizen printed my letter to the editor today. Below is the original draft for your reading pleasure.

Census officials must explain online security
Re: Privacy Paramount, June 06

In response to the Director General of the Census’ letter, I would like to set the record straight on some critical points concerning data confidentiality. Security through obscurity is no security at all. Likewise trust built on secrecy is no trust at all.

Last month, Statistics Canada conducted the census for the first time with the ability to respond online – an option which they vigorously promoted. However, did you ever stop to ask yourself, “How exactly do they secure my data?” The answer is: no one in the public knows, you’ll just have to trust them.

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