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Border Plan Raises Privacy Concerns

PRIVACY LAW

December 2, 2011

CTV.ca reports on the new 32-point information sharing border plan that will be signed into law next week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama and the concerns expressed by Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. Though the system will help keep track of illegal immigrants, war criminals and terrorists, there will be vast amounts of information shared between the two nations. Stoddart says that her office has not been consulted on the plan, the report states, and there should be narrow limits placed on what types of data are shared with U.S immigration officials, the report states. Assistant Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier said, "In any agreement, Canadian privacy protections and practices need to be protected." CTV's Ottawa bureau chief said that border officials will be able to pass additional "info on to the U.S. and vice-versa, and this is the grey area where the privacy commissioner wants to make sure there are strict controls over how this information is shared."
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