Canada Dashboard Digest

Opinion: Gov’t Should Defend Privacy Like Borders

SURVEILLANCE

June 29, 2012

With technology making surveillance techniques such as facial recognition faster, easier and cheaper, Dan Leger outlines some of the “creepy” ways big tech companies and the government are--and could--use them to erode privacy. In a Chronicle Herald op-ed, Leger points to Facebook’s recent acquisition of Face.com to improve its facial recognition features and Canada Border Services Agency's recently axed plans to record audio of people in airports as “intrusive” uses of technology. “Privacy is part of security and maybe it’s not Facebook’s job to protect it. However, it is our national government’s job to defend all the rights of citizens, including privacy rights, as forcefully as it defends the borders,” says Leger.
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