Canada postpones installation of recording devices in airports and border crossings
21 June 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.The Canadian government has decided to postpone their plans to install new cameras and audio recording devices at border crossings and airports.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced that he had told the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to postpone the plans until a study of the privacy implications is complete.
- 18 November 2013 Canadian immigration announces changes to Canadian Experience Class
- 07 November 2013 Canada's 2014 immigration plan to 'drive economic growth'
- 25 October 2013 Canadian immigration launches new entrepreneur visa stream
- 07 October 2013 Canadian immigration strike over
Toews' decision came after the CBSA mistakenly activated the camera and audio recording devices at Stanfield International Airport and recorded a conversation between an agent and a traveller.
"All these recordings have been deleted," said one official, who asked not to be named.
According to Assistant privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier, in order to satisfy the privacy office, the CBSA must provide evidence that there is a need to collect audio and video recordings of travellers and show that the information collected will be handled properly.
While surveillance cameras are a common sight in airports and border crossings, many argue that the introduction of microphones takes things too far. Additionally, travellers have already expressed concerns about the government's plan to record conversations at airports and border crossings.
If you would like to apply for a Canadian visa WorkPermit.com can help. WorkPermit.com is a specialist visa consultancy with over twenty years of experience dealing with visa applications. We can help with a wide range of visa applications to your country of choice. Please feel free to contact us for further details.