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Passenger Data Bill Passes Senate Third Reading

PRIVACY LAW

March 25, 2011

The senate has passed the third reading of a bill that seeks to require airlines to provide information on passengers passing through U.S. airspace to U.S. authorities, The Vancouver Sun reports. Bill C-42, "an Act To Amend the Aeronautics Act," will allow such passenger information as name, gender and birthdate to be shared with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The bill has evoked concerns from advocates such as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association over privacy concerns. But one senator said that several amendments to the bill have strengthened it after an "effort was made to strike that balance between privacy and security."
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