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OPC Audit Raises Airport Data Collection Concerns

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA

November 17, 2011

"The Government of Canada is collecting too much information about some air travelers and is not always safeguarding it properly." Those are the findings of Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart in an audit published today as part of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's (OPC) annual report. The OPC has announced that the audit, which reviewed Canadian Air Transport Security Authority privacy policies and practices, has determined it reached "beyond its mandate" by collecting information on passengers in ways that were "not related to aviation security." The audit also found "types of personal information collected by the agency were not always properly secured" and that prohibited items--including closed-circuit television cameras--were located in full-body scan screening rooms.  
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