The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is facing criticism because it released national gun registry data to an outside polling firm.
Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan called the RCMP’s release of information to the EKOS polling firm “offensive and inappropriate” and said it would not have been approved if the ministry had been consulted, said ministry spokesperson Chris McCluskey. […]
“The government is referring the matter to the privacy commissioner to determine whether law-abiding citizens’ personal information was misused,” he said in a statement.
Some Canadian gun owners were upset after personal details, such as names, addresses and phone numbers, from the gun registry were given to the research firm.