Apr 042023

I heard about this thing that the Government has,  PIB’s (Personal Information Banks) for all of us, through “the Swift Current video” (https://sandrafinley.ca/blog/?p=27724.)

The video caused someone to input re  “PIB’s”.   I wanted to know:  WHAT information is in a PIB?  . . .    The information is Personal, but it is most certainly not Private.


Someone provided an overview of PIB’s, in response to the Swift Current video:   

          Dovetails with:

          The federal government has quietly begun the creation of Personal Information Banks (PIB) to collect and store data on Canadians.           We were not consulted nor informed about the creation or existence of these databases and they are being collected without our                     permission or knowledge. Categories of information include biometrics (DNA, blood type, eye/facial scan, fingerprints, etc), personal           biography, medical history, financial history, credit information, opinions or views of or about individuals, and much more.

          Here is a link to the government website describing the PIBs. Scroll to the last section for Categories of Information:
          https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/access-information-privacy/access-information/information-                    about-programs-information-holdings/standard-personal-information-banks.html

          The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has quietly added it to their Privacy Terms so that in order to submit an application for benefits,           such as the One-Time Housing Top Up they started offering in December, you must click that you agree to terms including “…being           described in Personal Information Bank (under development)” in order to submit your application. It is also a term in the Canada                Pension Plan (CPP) application. It quite likely will be a term for submitting your income tax return, so read those Privacy Terms                    when filing your taxes this year!

          The federal government is using the federal health transfers to bribe the premiers to adopt a Big Tech-style data-for-services health               care system. This means that your personal health records that used to be private and confidential between you and your doctor will           now be entered into the PIBs to be shared between the federal government, their stakeholders, and whoever else they decide can have           access […]

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CLOSELY  RELATED    Please listen:

2023-03-02    Maria Ressa on facing down dictators, disinformation and standing up for democracy, Author “How to Stand Up to a Dictator”, Nobel Laureate.CBC Radio interview

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copied on 2023-04-03,  11AM.  From near the bottom of the Government page:


(INSERT, S:   And don’t forget What Edward Snowden confirmed:  the data collection includes everything.  Your phone calls, emails, and all social media communications.)

Categories of Personal Information

The Description section in a personal information bank (PIB) describes the personal information in the records to which the bank relates. Treasury Board Secretariat has established the following categories of personal information, which give examples of specific elements of personal information that fall under each category. The purpose of the categories is to reduce the number of personal information elements that need to be listed in the Description section. These categories are representative of the personal information collected by most institutions, and they now appear in many of the registered PIBs.

  • Biographical information (e.g. work history, curriculum vitae, family information, hobbies, interests, etc.)
  • Biometric information (e.g. blood type, eye or facial scan, DNA, finger / hand prints, etc.)
  • Contact information (e.g. work and / or home information, including postal and e-mail addresses, telephone, fax, cell phone numbers, etc.)
  • Citizenship status (e.g. citizen, landed immigrant, etc.)
  • Credit card information
  • Credit history (e.g. credit reports / scores, liens, bankruptcies, third-party collections, etc.)
  • Criminal checks / history (e.g. information related to criminal record checks, investigations, charges, conviction dates and locations, pardons, etc.)
  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Employee identification number (e.g. Personal Record Identifier, RCMP regimental number, Canadian Forces service number, etc.)
  • Employment equity information (i.e. information about aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women)
  • Employee personnel information (e.g. records of attendance and leave, notices of disciplinary action, alternative work arrangements, decisions concerning compensation and fitness for work, official languages qualifications, salary, deductions, level of security clearance, performance reviews and appraisals, rating board assessments, including evaluation notes from staffing boards, training and development course applications and evaluations, etc.)
  • Financial information (e.g. income, investments, mortgages, loans, orders of garnishment, financial institution information for direct deposit and other banking purposes, including name and branch number of institution, account number(s) and name(s) on accounts, etc.)
  • Gender
  • Language (e.g. mother tongue, official and other languages, etc.)
  • Medical information (e.g. psychological assessments, physical disabilities, blood type, medical conditions, etc.)
  • Name (e.g. last name (surname/family name), given names (first, second or more), maiden name, nicknames, aliases, etc.)
  • Opinion or views of, or about, individuals   (I added the bold type.)
  • Other identification numbers (e.g. fishing license, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Photos
  • Physical attributes (e.g. height, weight, colour of hair and eyes, physical markings (scars, tattoos, body piercing), etc.)
  • Place of birth
  • Place of death
  • Signature
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)


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