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December 4, 2017

Commissioner’s statement on Bill C-23, an Act to Amend the Customs Act (Preclearance)

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien, appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence (SECD) to discuss Bill C-23, an Act to Amend the Customs Act (Preclearance).

In his remarks, the Commissioner emphasized that privacy rights must be considered in the context in which they are applied. He noted that in the specific case of preclearance, trade and security are vital issues for Canada-US border policy, and he underlined the need for smart controls at borders for people, goods and data. The Commissioner also recommended two amendments to Bill-23 with respect to searches of electronic devices.

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