Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail:

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien’s long-standing call for more powers over internet giants and political parties is gaining support from government and opposition MPs as a committee examines the misuse of Facebook data for political campaigns.

Mr. Therrien was the opening witness Tuesday as the House of Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics launched an examination into the international controversy over Facebook’s protection of its users’ personal information.

The commissioner told MPs that Canada is an outlier internationally when it comes to ensuring independent oversight of how political parties use the large amounts of data that they gather on Canadian voters.