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National Security and Personal Privacy: Can They Coexist?

PERSONAL PRIVACY

August 5, 2011

The Toronto Star looks at how 9/11 has and will continue to shape national security and the resulting impact on civil liberties and personal privacy. Analyst Christopher Sands predicts that the Canada-U.S. border will become "a data collection location," where scanners, transponders and chips will work together to identify us and collect duties, for example. Sands says this scenario would mark a shift towards liberty--a new "don't hassle me" environment. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says she is "very optimistic" about the prospect of security and privacy co-existing, because "You can't have liberty and freedom without privacy."

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