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Airport Security Plan Raises Privacy Concerns

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

March 9, 2012

The federal privacy commissioner's office has sent a letter to Canada's air security agency expressing privacy concerns over a new airport security plan, The Globe and Mail reports. "We believe that the information collected is adequate to identify an individual," the letter states, "and may be easily linked to other sources of identifiable information." The commissioner's office has also asked the agency to provide "empirical evidence" that its passenger behaviour observation program effectively locates potential terrorists. The agency says its database is secure with limited access and identifiable information is not shared. Speaking for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Anne-Marie Hayden said the air security authority has assured the commissioner that security officers will not collect personal information, but, "That said, we have not yet had the opportunity to view samples of information collected to evaluate."
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