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Secure Flight Raises Privacy Concerns

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA & U.S.

May 12, 2010

Canadian Assistant Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier shared privacy concerns about the U.S. Secure Flight program, telling parliament that there is little Canada can do about it, The Vancouver Sun reports. When Secure Flight goes into effect in December, passengers who raise the suspicions of U.S. authorities can be prevented from boarding flights that cross U.S. airspace. The new policy will also allow the U.S. government to retain passengers' personal information--including passport and itinerary information--for lengths of time ranging from one week to 99 years, the report states. Bernier said the collection of personal information on Canadian travelers by U.S. authorities "is not without risk," but that, "We unfortunately do not have any jurisdiction to affect change in that regard."
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