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Border Security Plans Raise Privacy Concerns

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

September 9, 2011

Ten years after the September 11 attacks, many Canadians are finding travel into the U.S. more difficult as restrictions imposed by U.S. authorities increase, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Border security could intensify as both countries enact a perimeter security pact with the purpose of improving travel security within North America. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart expressed concern about the move "towards an American-style model of collecting personal information" because "tidbits of our lives from everywhere would be increasingly pulled together in accordance with an American model rather than a Canadian model, which tends to segregate the information for privacy purposes and share only on a 'needs-to-know' basis." The U.S. Ambassador to Canada said that more transparency about the talks could help assuage concerns.
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