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Audio Plans Concern Privacy Commissioners

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA

June 19, 2012

A government initiative to allow Canadian officials to record conversations in airports and at border crossings is causing concern, CTV.ca reports. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told Parliament this week that plans for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to install microphones and cameras in strategic areas is necessary to detect illegal smuggling. He said CBSA will protect Canadians' privacy rights. The federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner said CBSA installed the equipment without completing a privacy impact assessment--which is required of government departments. "We're surprised and we're concerned by seeing that the process has not been followed," said Assistant Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier. Ontario's privacy commissioner said she is appalled.
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