Feds Plan to Share Your Info at Border

Toronto Star report claims new Canada-U.S. data exchange program will allow Ottawa and Washington to share citizens’ travel and biographic data.

It appears Ottawa wants to share your information with federal departments in the United States.  The Toronto Star is reporting that a new data exchange program will allow Canadian border officials to share the data they collect on you with officials in the U.S. 

Ottawa and Washington will start exchanging citizens’ travel and biographic information this summer according to the report.

The Canadian Border Services Agency has confirmed the new program with the Toronto Star and said the data collected would only be passed on in accordance with strict rules. 

The personal information collected is expected to include your name, date of birth, nationality, sex, document information and the port of entry.

Immigration policy analyst Richard Kurland is quoted in the paper raising concerns over Canadians’ privacy.  “With this system, it is a blank cheque to the Big Brother.  Where you go and when you go becomes government property.”

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  1. tanjo posted on 01/27/2014 09:17 AM
    Of the information listed, I actually thought it was already being shared.

    Personally, I advocate sharing of relevant information per se. The key would be for them to provide appropriate disclosure on both sides to carefully scrutinize Why they need the information and How it would be used.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/27/2014 10:32 AM
      @tanjo Agree with you here...but that would be difficult to enforce.
      Since the NSA leaks, it seems any and everything is up for grabs. I guess it would be best to consult with 'Anonymous' to see how best to reduce one's digital footprint- as the digital landscape keeps changing.
  2. john posted on 01/27/2014 11:11 AM
    i agree Anonymous rules . i am a big fan .
  3. Ernie posted on 01/27/2014 12:05 PM
    I don't mind them sharing info of which country I am in at any given time - but if it goes beyond to include medical history - that is a problem. It was reported a month or so ago that Canadians were barred from entering the US because of previous medical history - a risk to their health care system sort of thing..really? that would ne nuts and against my rights and freedoms
  4. john posted on 01/27/2014 12:50 PM
    Ernie i hate to tell this m8 . but if u have been reading the news like i have in the USA the pres has been messing with the charter of rights down there .
  5. john posted on 01/27/2014 01:01 PM
    it would not surprise me if that 79 year old who was convicted for not filling out the census know that and why she did not fill it out . reading about the company not getting access to that data makes me laugh cause i dont buy that for one second . if u write a software program u can put a back door on it . i dont give a crap what people say . it would not surprise me if that company will be the one contracted to do the transfers of that data . keep in mind people the net is not a safe place anyone can get hacked no matter what u have runing on our computer . thiers a resion whay thay call it the digital wild west .
  6. Angry Bill posted on 01/28/2014 01:34 PM
    I trust these authorities not at all. Not even a little bit. The only thing I trust them to do is to use this data for their own clandestine, nefarious purposes. The second thing I'm absolutely sure of is there's not a damn thing we can do about it. This is just Big Brother driving one more nail into Privacy's coffin.

    Hello, Big Brother. Nice to meet ya. Where you been? You were a bit late getting here, you were due in 1984. But you're here now, so it's all good.
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