Announcement

July 9, 2018

Commissioner updates information and advice for Canadians on privacy at airports and borders

Travelling this summer? Read our updated information and advice for individuals on how your privacy may be impacted at border crossings and when flying overseas or to the United States.

Travellers at Canadian airports and U.S. border crossings are subject to close scrutiny and several layers of security measures. Airports, sea ports, international waterways and land border crossings are significantly different from other public places in Canada because the expectation of privacy is reduced. Does that mean people lose all right to privacy? No.

Your privacy at airports and borders outlines what travellers can expect from customs officers in Canada and the U.S. It also includes tips for protecting personal information stored on a cell phone, tablet or laptop that may be subject to a search.

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