Competition Bureau Threatens to Dismantle Privacy Safeguards of Home Sales -75% of Ontarians Opposed -Diane Plant, Forest Hill Real Estate

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Competition Bureau Threatens to Dismantle Privacy Safeguards of Home Sales- 75% of Ontarians Opposed

March 14, 2012

Today, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) released the results of an Angus Reid Vision Critical poll. The vast majority of Ontarians clearly expressed their opposition to abandoning the privacy safeguards of the current MLS® System.

When asked about the consequences of the Competition Bureau’s actions, Ontarians expressed concern:

• 75% of Ontarians believe that personal information such as name and final sale price should be kept confidential by REALTOR® professionals. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.

• 70% of homeowners do not want their personal contact information released to the public. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.

• 67% of Ontarians oppose any measure to make personal contact information such as name and address available to others who are not subject to a professional code of conduct. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.

"The results of this poll are overwhelming," said TREB President Richard Silver." TREB strongly believes that REALTORS® have an obligation to protect consumers’ personal information. That’s why TREB and REALTOR® Members are fighting for the privacy rights of consumers."

The Competition Bureau is taking action that would force TREB to abandon the safeguards in the MLS® System and make personal information publicly available on the Internet, threatening the privacy and safety of GTA consumers.

If the Competition Commissioner gets her way, consumers’ private information, which is currently protected on our secure MLS® System, would become freely available on the Internet, including:

• Seller’s name and address

• Property floor plans

• Sensitive Property access information

• Negotiated sale price

• Mortgage details

"Ontarians clearly oppose what Commissioner Aitken is trying to do. They’ve said they want their personal and private information kept confidential," said Von Palmer, Chief Government and Public Affairs Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for TREB.

If Commissioner Aitken gets her way, Ontarians won’t. Privacy matters. TREB is standing up for GTA consumers. Visit www.ProtectYourPrivacy.ca for more information.

Greater Toronto REALTORS® are passionate about their work. They are governed by a strict Code of Ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service. Over 34,000 TREB Members serve consumers in the Greater Toronto Area. The Toronto Real Estate Board is Canada’s largest real estate board.

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Brian Madigan
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Diane,

The following information is freely available from public sources anyways:

  1. Seller’s name and address
  2. Negotiated sale price
  3. Mortgage details

What is generally secret are:

  • Property floor plans
  • Sensitive Property access information

I think the challenge should have been made in 2010, it's far too late now.

Brian

 

Mar 18, 2012 10:09 AM #1
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Diane

 

Thanks for your comment

 

 

 

What public sources

 

Give this information-please send the link

 

 

 

  1. Seller’s name and address
  2. Negotiated sale price
  3. Mortgage details

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Plant, Broker

 

Forest Hill Real Estate Inc, Brokerage

 

Cell: 416-418-7555

 

Fax: 416-256-3821

 

 

 

diane@dianeplant.com

 

www.team-plant.com

 

 

 

Please don’t keep me a secret…I look forward to introductions of any of your family, friends & neighbours that may require my help with their real estate needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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