There’s a clear threat of fraud, identify theft, and
other privacy breaches if the Ontario government is allowed to sell
off ServiceOntario, warn the people who protect the personal
information of every Ontarian.
Wearing stickers that identify them as fraud
stoppers, ServiceOntario workers are holding lunch-time events in
front of their workplaces in Ontario cities on Thursday, June 14.
They will alert the public and ask them to visit saveserviceontario.ca for more information and to tell their MPPs to
stop the privatization.
When: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Thurs., June
Where: 5775 Yonge St, north of Finch Ave., Toronto
When: 12 noon – 2 p.m.
Where: 393 University Ave, Toronto
When: 12 noon to
1: 30 p.m.
Where: Queen’s Park complex, Bay St. and Wellesley St.,
When: 12 noon – 1
p.m., Thursday, June 14
Where: Ontario Government Building, Red River Rd.,
When: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30
p.m., Thursday, June 14 Where: Corner of King St. and
Simcoe St., Oshawa
“The Liberals are wrong when they say they can
safeguard personal information after they turn ServiceOntario over
to the private sector,” says Ontario Public Service Employees Union
president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Thomas told public hearings last week the government
must delete proposed legislation that will allow the sell-off. Three
hours after his submission, the government had to shut down
privately-operated kiosks because of a security breach.
Ontarians must use ServiceOntario to get birth
certificates, driver’s licences, health cards, and other government
identification. Birth certificates are the gateway to identity
theft. The threat to privacy is all the more serious if
ServiceOntario goes to a U.S. company or its subsidiary.
“The U.S. Patriot Act forces disclosure of
information without notice and in secret,” says Thomas. “That
legislation is sweeping and intrusive. And lawyers have advised no
contract or legislation can override it.”