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New Rules for Visitors Raise Concerns

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

October 26, 2012

New rules may require visa-exempt visitors to Canada to disclose personal information such as drug use and medical conditions, and some are concerned that because the rules are lumped into the federal budget bill, the plan may not get the scrutiny it should, reports Postmedia News. The Electronic Travel Authorization is part of the Beyond the Border security deal with the U.S. and aims to confirm the legitimacy of visa-exempt travellers, speed their passage and reduce costs. Critics say this and other plans under Beyond the Border bring sovereignty and privacy concerns.
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