Privacy Commissioner Issues New Privacy Warning to Border-Crossing Canadians

Privacy Commissioner Issues New Privacy Warning to Border-Crossing Canadians

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada recently issued a new warning to Canadians crossing the US border, saying that their devices can be searched and authorities may ask for passwords.

Spokesperson Tobi Cohen said that the new guidelines includes information on “preclearance” site searches which gives U.S. border officials authority to do searches on Canadian ground as part of an act passed in late 2017.

Meghan McDermott, staff counsel at the BC Civil Liberties Association, also said that it might be best for travelers to leave their devices at home, or use “burner” phones as substitute.

Source: The Star

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