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Passenger Behavior Plan Raises Concerns

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA

August 30, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart is raising concerns about a plan for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to scrutinize travelers' behavior at airports, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. The plan, announced by the Canadian government last year, involves "a passenger-behavior observation program to detect terrorists," the report states. While transport officials note the plan provides additional security by adding "unpredictability to the screening process," Stoddart has noted, "There is a huge possibility for arbitrary judgments to come into play." The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is expected to issue a report on airport security measures this fall.
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