Politics

Green Party told Elections Canada some voters' personal information was temporarily visible on party website

The Green Party says it has notified Elections Canada that some voters' personal information was temporarily visible in an internal training section of the party website.

Party calls it an oversight

A statement from the Green party said the error has since been corrected and Elections Canada has been notified. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press)

The Green Party says it has notified Elections Canada that some voters' personal information was temporarily visible in internal training videos that were publicly accessible on the party's website.

According to a written statement from the party, the error was the result of an "oversight."

"A small number of videos hosted in an internal training section on our website contained visuals of some Elections Canada information," the statement read in part.

It said the information primarily pertained to names and addresses and included only a small number of voters.

CTV News first reported the problem after it said it discovered videos on the website used to train party workers on the party's voter data system, GVote.

The Canada Elections Act requires Elections Canada to make voter information available to political parties to communicate with voters, recruit party members and raise funds. Under the act, party staffers are allowed to use voter information for training purposes.

"The act contains prohibitions and strict penalties for misuse of the lists of electors," Elections Canada said in an email to CBC News.

"However, the relevant offences under the act require the misuse to be intentional. Inadvertent disclosure of personal information contained in the list of electors is not an infraction under the act."

The slip-up happened same day Green Party Leader Elizabeth May unveiled her party's platform on privacy at the University of Waterloo. May called on the other political parties to stop collecting voter data and using it for political purposes.

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