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 US represents Canada’s largest single export market, and vice versa. This Plan has important implications for trade and economic growth as well as cross-border security issues. The article introduces main elements of the Plan, and explores some of the privacy issues inherent in the [...]

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Secure Flight & Privacy Rights

The US Secure Flight Program has garnered much public concern and disapproval in Canada, where many Canadians are finding themselves subject to the controversial regulations when flying over US airspace. Aviation security is a high priority issue for the Canadian federal Privacy Commissioner, who earlier this year carried out an investigation of airport security scanners being installed in Canadian airports. While security is an issue in the aviation industry, the Privacy Commissioner, along with other privacy watchdogs, insist that security measures must also respect the privacy and personal dignity of travelers in Canadian [...]

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Youth Privacy in Canada

Youth privacy is increasingly important, especially in light of how young people adeptly integrate the Internet and online serves into their daily lives. Under the United Nations 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, privacy is a basic human right for everyone under the age of 18. In the United States, the FTC passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in 1998, specifically protecting children under age 13. Canadian privacy legislation – the PIPEDA and the Privacy Act – also ensure that children’s privacy is protected in the private and public spheres. The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has made youth privacy one of the issues to focus on for [...]

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Provincial & Territorial Privacy Commissioners

This article discusses the roles, responsibilities and mandates of provincial Privacy Commissioners and their Offices. It examines how their jurisdiction is different from the Federal Privacy Commissioner and the OPC. The concept of “substantially similar” legislation is defined and outlined. Finally, the article explores areas and mechanisms for collaboration between provincial and federal privacy [...]

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Google Buzz

When Google launched its social networking tool, Google Buzz in February 2010, privacy advocates around the world raised concerns regarding its features. Although Google has since made significant changes, the compromises and intrusions of privacy still remain a troubling characteristic of many Web services and online networking [...]

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