Canada Dashboard Digest

Air Canada Confirms Secure Flight Privacy Concerns

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

March 12, 2010

Amidst privacy concerns surrounding the Secure Flight program, which transfers passengers' personal information from domestic airlines to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Air Canada officials have confirmed using the U.S. no-fly list to screen passengers on nonstop flights passing over the U.S., the Montreal Gazette reports. "Canada's approach will continue to balance the privacy rights of travellers with the need to keep the public safe from terrorist and other threats to the air transportation system," says Public Safety Canada spokesperson David Charbonneau. Anne-Marie Hayden of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has said the office is looking into Secure Flight and "trying to ascertain the situation" regarding privacy protection.
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