The CBA on the privacy of Canadians at airports and the border

By CBA/ABC National September 27, 201727 September 2017


Information collection and sharing at the border is necessary to ensure the security of Canadians. But collecting and sharing too much of it, or information that is unreliable, can also be harmful to them. It’s why the CBA is advocating for striking a more appropriate balance between national security and preserving our individual privacy rights and freedoms.

In the above video, we interviewed Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and David Fraser, who are presenting a CBA submission today prepared by the Privacy and Access, Immigration Law, and Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Sections, as well as the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) and the Ethics Subcommittee of the Policy Committee of the Board.  They are appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

Their comments focused on the collection of information at the border on entry and exit; solicitor-client privilege at the border; the disclosure of information collected at the border; as well as the importance of effective CBSA oversight and accountability mechanisms.

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