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Border Pact Privacy Concerns Examined

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

July 13, 2012

The Canadian Press reports on the Canada-U.S. pact that will see the two nations sharing data on those who cross their borders. The federal privacy commissioner has expressed concerns about some of the pact’s terms, as have civil libertarians such as Roch Tasse of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, who says, “We’ll continue to have a good regime in Canada, but we’re passing on more information to a weaker privacy regime in the U.S. over which we’ll have no control.” A Calgary Herald editorial on the deal says, “Opportunities for abuse of privacy abound…and that is concerning.”
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