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Commissioner Calls For Answers on Mini-Visas

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA

November 20, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart is raising concerns about a new mini-visa that will require some visitors to Canada to disclose personal information that may include details about their mental health status and drug use, Canada.com reports. Stoddart has called on the government to ensure that details of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), part of Canada’s Beyond the Border security deal with the U.S., are lawful. “One of my office’s concerns about the eTA program is its lack of transparency and the degree to which the details of the program are deferred to regulation,” she said, adding questions on data use, retention and government sharing have not yet been addressed.
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