This quickly came rushing back to me as I was reviewing the policy documents of the four major B.C. political parties to see what, if anything, their stance on privacy, security and technology was. I quickly discovered that all four major B.C. political parties are using trackers. I'll leave it up to them to explain why they're using trackers, but it does beg the question - are they selling your information? Would the 3rd parties they are providing that information to be willing to sell that to the other political parties for competitive advantage?
The stats as of today, March 16, 2013:
|B.C. Political Party||Trackers|
Do they offer a secure version of their website?
|B.C. Political Party||Is it available with TLS/SSL|
|Conservative Party||No; certificate for secure.bcconservative.ca|
|Liberal Party||No; certificiate for localhost.localdomain|
|NDP||Redirects to insecure website?|
|Green Party||No; certificate for nationbuilder.com|
It's worth noting that even the governing body Elections BC use two trackers, and does not offer a secure (SSL/TLS) version of their website.
You can install Ghostery for your browser to see which trackers are being used on the sites you visit, and you can use this tool to block them as well. As to finding the political parties' respective stances on privacy, security and technology, I'm still looking...