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Border Plan Expected To Raise Privacy Concerns

PRIVACY LAW

December 10, 2010

The government is expecting a privacy backlash over a border security agreement it is negotiating with the U.S., The Globe and Mail reports. Officials believe the security declaration, which is expected to be unveiled in January, will have Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart as one of its strongest critics, the report states. "Greater information sharing is part of the initiative. The safeguarding of privacy and sovereignty will be of concern for Canadians," according to a communications document on the security agreement. The document suggests the privacy commissioner will "raise concerns re: information sharing and protecting private information" and anticipates criticism from civil rights groups.
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