Is Bill C-42 Going Too Far?
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACYDecember 23, 2010
In the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Canadians have significantly tightened airline security with laws, security cameras and full-body scanners. Now a bill is on the table that would give the U.S. access to passenger data on U.S. overflights, reports the Toronto Star. Bill C-42 would give the U.S. government the personal information needed to ban travellers based on its no-fly list and has some wondering if the Canadian government has failed to protect citizens' privacy. Sukanya Pillay of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said the government must balance citizens' safety with their privacy rights, while Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart called the bill "deceptively simple," calling out privacy and sovereignty issues.