Canada Dashboard Digest

Border Security Pact May Incite "Alarm Bells"

PRIVACY—CANADA & U.S.

February 4, 2011

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama are meeting today in Washington, DC, where they are expected to sign a border security agreement that would enable greater information sharing between the two governments. The Toronto Star reports that a draft of the agreement called for a greater exchange of law enforcement information and more cooperation when it comes to verifying travellers' identities. Some in government have criticized the Harper government for not inviting a public debate on the topic, while others have speculated that the deal's associated privacy concerns will make "alarm bells go off."
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