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Report Challenges Border Plan

PRIVACY LAW

September 16, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama are expected to announce the details of the "Beyond the Border" perimeter security pact in the coming weeks, reports Postmedia News. The U.S. ambassador to Canada says the plan will enhance security for both countries and "make the lives of people and businesses who need to go back and forth across the border...more efficient." But a recent report echoes privacy advocates' concerns over cross-border data sharing and says the deal may contravene the Data Protection Law. In his report, "Shared Vision or Myopia: The Politics of Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness," Gar Pardy says the deal represents an "integration of security matters" and recommends the privacy commissioner review and monitor all information-sharing agreements.
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