New eTA Raises Privacy Concerns

This article takes a look at the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program announced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in late 2012. The eTA program requires visitors from visa-exempt countries (most Europeans, Australians and New Zealanders) to complete a personal information form on the CIC website before they board a plane. The questionnaire requires travelers to provide sensitive information and the program is being closely monitored by the Privacy Commissioner of [...]

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Canada’s Veterans & Privacy Violations

This article looks at a series of privacy complaints against Veterans Affairs Canada, the majority of which have been escalated to the federal government privacy commissioner, Jennifer [...]

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Continuing Controversy Over US-Canada Perimeter Security

In June 2012, both US and Canadian officials released a 12-point Statement of Privacy Principles which will guide the Beyond the Border Action Plan, a proposal made December 2011 regarding perimeter security and cross-border information sharing. The Statement of Privacy Principles includes areas such as information sharing, data quality, information security, effective oversight and redress options for privacy infringements. The article also introduces further privacy concerns resulting from the Beyond the Border [...]

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Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories”

On March 29, 2012, Debbie Douez filed a class action lawsuit against social networking giant, Facebook, alleging that its “sponsored stories” advertising practice breaches British Columbian privacy law. The problem was that a Facebook “like” was being equated with consent to use a person’s name and photo in ads on their friends’ pages. Companies and organizations can pay Facebook to have these ads show up repeatedly on friends’ pages. According to the BC privacy commissioner’s office, the practice is covered under BC’s Privacy Act, BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act [...]

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Introducing the Canada-US Perimeter Security Plan

This article takes a look at the Beyond the Border Plan, a joint action plan between Canada and the United States which focuses on border security and economic development issues. The article examines each of the plan’s four areas of focus: 1) Addressing threats early; 2) Trade and economic growth; 3) Building on existing border enforcement programs; and 4) Emergency and cyber infrastructure. It also looks at some new measures the plan is set to implement, as well as concerns from the privacy [...]

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