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Baird Wants OPC Involved in Secure Flight

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY

March 5, 2010

The U.S. Secure Flight program is set to take effect in December, and Canada's Federal Transport Minister wants the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner (OPC) involved, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Secure Flight will require Canadian airlines flying through U.S. airspace to provide the American government with personal information on all passengers, the report states. Passengers who raise suspicions can be prevented from boarding. Transport Minister John Baird said he will consult with the OPC. "There has to be consent for the information to be shared," Baird said yesterday. In January, Canada's major airlines said that sharing passenger data with the U.S. would force carriers to breach the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.  
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