A central feature of Wednesday’s agreement will be a pledge by both governments to share far more information between government agencies in an effort to improve North American security. But Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, has laid out several concerns given the two countries’ very different privacy laws.Guess we'll have to wait and see on that special privacy landmine. In addition to the expansive new surveillance powers Harper et al. will be giving police here in Canada to access online activities, this possible sharing of biometric data with the U.S. will compound the new era of privacy invasions courtesy of the Harper government. The long form census intrusions that they manufactured were piker's play compared to all this.
Ms. Stoddart recently warned of drawing “ever closer to the bleak reality of a surveillance society” if the collection of Canadian biometric data – such as iris scans or fingerprints – end up being stored in U.S. databases.
Also amazing to read Canadian industry groups wishing to "ultimately see Health Canada opting to rely more on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve new food products rather than studying them independently." Yes, why have two separate national departments doing approvals after all when you could just use one? With the scale of lobbying that occurs in the U.S., such a thought is incredible. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
The elevation of business/market interests above the interests of the citizenry as a central theme of the Harper era has begun...