Huffington Post: U.S. will be allowed to share Canadians' private information

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It's amazing that together we stopped the government from passing its online spying bill, Bill C-30, within the last session of Parliament.

However, it appears the government is putting other spying pieces into place. We need to continue to hold the line against C-30, the new "Perimeter Security" deal with the United States, and now the TPP's Internet Trap. We can't let these spying schemes go through.

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Article by Jim Bronskill for the Canadian Press:

The United States will be allowed to share information about Canadians with other countries under a sweeping border deal.

The U.S. won't have to explicitly tell Canada about its plan to pass along the personal details in many cases, suggests a newly released binational privacy charter.

Information-sharing about security cases has sometimes been a sore point between the two countries since the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Canada and the U.S. jointly released the 12-point statement of privacy principles late Thursday, covering areas including sharing, data quality, information security, effective oversight, and redress for people whose privacy is infringed.

The principles help flesh out a perimeter security deal struck by the two countries last year. The deal is intended to smooth the passage of people and cargo across the Canada-U.S. border while bolstering continental security.

The plan calls for joint, integrated assessments about security threats and improved intelligence sharing. The countries have pledged to create common privacy principles to guide such information exchanges.

Other main components include more comprehensive advance screening of travellers from third countries heading to North America and a harmonized approach to screening cargo arriving from offshore.

The most contentious feature could be the plan to exchange entry information collected from all persons at the border, which would serve as a record of exit from the other country. Read more »


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