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Statistics Canada has delayed its plan to gather the financial data and personal information of 500,000 Canadian citizens, The Globe and Mail reports. The agency also announced it has suspended its acquisition of personal credit records from TransUnion. Statistics Canada’s decisions come after the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced it would launch an investigation into the data-collection plans. “Statistics Canada has put this project on pause, and informed TransUnion to that effect,� Statistics Canada Spokesperson Peter Frayne said. “We take the privacy and confidentiality of Canadians’ information very seriously.�
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