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Officials: U.S. Laws Too Weak for Border Deal

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA & U.S.

April 3, 2012

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and her provincial counterparts have issued a warning that a new border security deal with the United States could breach Canadian citizens' privacy, The Chronicle Herald reports. The deal could result in Canadians' private data being secretly shared with the U.S. or could see it "fall under the control of a foreign jurisdiction," the report states. The deal, announced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama last year, would see an increase in sharing of security details. But Canadian privacy officials say data stored on U.S. servers would be at risk because some U.S. privacy laws are weaker than those in Canada.
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