Commissioner Raises Airport Data Collection Concerns
TRAVELERS’ PRIVACYNovember 18, 2011
"The Government of Canada is collecting too much information about some air travelers and is not always safeguarding it properly." Those findings were included in an audit published this week by Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart that reviewed Canadian Air Transport Security Authority privacy policies and practices. The commissioner has determined the authority 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.