Therrien (2017). Letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security regarding the review of Bill C-23.

Therrien, D. (2017, May 24). Letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security regarding the review of Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States. Retrieved from https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/opc-actions-and-decisions/advice-to-parliament/2017/parl_sub_170524/

“My immediate concern stems from recent announcements by the US administration that they intend to search at their discretion and without legal grounds other than a desire to protect homeland security the electronic devices of any and all aliens who seek to enter the United States. This would include intent to require persons seeking admission to the US to provide the password of their cellphone or social media accounts. … By contrast, the Government of Canada’s policy is to perform border searches of persons seeking admission to Canada only if there are grounds or indications that evidence of contraventions may be found on the digital device or media.” (¶ 2)

“The search of an electronic device is an extremely privacy intrusive procedure. … … Canada’s policy is more nuanced.” (¶ 3)

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