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Toews Halts Audio Surveillance Plan

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA

June 20, 2012

Ottawa Citizen reports Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has directed the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to halt plans for airport audio recording "until a privacy impact assessment can be submitted and recommendations from the privacy commissioner can be reviewed by the government," said a public safety spokesperson. The order comes just one day after Toews voiced support for the plan in the Commons and after vociferous opposition from both the federal and Ontario privacy commissioners. Toews has received privacy-related opposition to his "lawful access" bill in the past, and one editorial questions the CBSA's "respect for the basic rights of citizens."
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