By Marie-Danielle Smith
March 16, 2017
Article from National Post
Privacy commissioner looking into Canada Border Services Agency's digital device searches
OTTAWA — Canada’s federal privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the Canada Border Services Agency’s practice of searching the electronic devices of travellers at the Canadian border.
The investigation comes amid mounting concerns over whether CBSA’s U.S. counterparts are not just searching travellers’ devices, but also downloading their contents for later examination and even cloning and mirroring the devices.
Border agents from both countries operate in a legal grey zone. Canadian courts recognize “reduced expectations of privacy at border points” for people dealing with Canada’s border authorities, who are able to search and examine possessions, including devices, without warrants, said Valerie Lawton, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. People must provide their passwords if asked, or risk having the device “held for further inspection.
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