Conservative Party of Canada Issues Cease & Desist Letter to the National Firearms Association Regarding Use Of Its Membership List
June 8, 2017
On Monday, the Conservative Party issued an official _Cease & Desist_ letter to the National Firearms Association (NFA) after receiving multiple complaints from its members. “We have received multiple complaints from our membership that they have received unsolicited mail from the National Firearms Association (NFA),” said Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton. “There is no basis upon which the NFA was entitled to either receive or make use of any information or data of the Party.” The Conservative Party’s membership list is guarded very closely. However the recent leadership race mandated that the list be shared with all registered candidates, expanding greatly the risk for the list to be lost, leaked, or misused. Leadership campaigns are required to sign an affidavit guaranteeing it only be used within the context of the leadership race. The affidavit forbids the sharing of the list, or using it for any other purpose. The letter sent to the NFA demands that Conservative Party members be removed from the NFA’s systems, and that the Conservative Party be given access to their electronic systems in order to independently verify that the information has been permanently deleted. “The Conservative Party takes very seriously their obligation to preserve the confidentiality of any data which it receives from its membership.” concluded Hamilton. A copy of the letter delivered to the NFA can be found [here](http://www.conservative.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BqNSbTBNnkqIFaQ.pdf).