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Border Security Pact Unveiled

PRIVACY LAW—U.S. & CANADA

December 8, 2011

The long-anticipated "Beyond the Border" perimeter security pact between the U.S. and Canada has been unveiled, The Vancouver Sun reports. The plan is aimed at improving security and harmonizing regulations for both nations, but privacy advocates have voiced concerns over the amount of data that will be shared. The new plan will enhance the tracking of travelers in the U.S. and Canada to identify threats and will allow more information--including biometrics--to be obtained from individuals seeking to enter either country. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says her office will conduct a complete review of the deal. She noted both countries have agreed to develop joint privacy principles by next May.
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