Canada Dashboard Digest

Privacy Concerns About Audio Surveillance Persist

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

June 22, 2012

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," a public safety spokesperson has said. The order came one day after Toews voiced support for the plan in the Commons and after vociferous opposition from both the federal and Ontario privacy commissioners. Meanwhile, a QMI Agency op-ed suggests, "All Canadians want this country to be safe, but few think our privacy should fall victim so easily.”
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