“The no-fly list announced last Friday represents a serious incursion into the rights of travelers in Canada, rights of privacy and rights of freedom of movement,” says Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Canada’s Transport Minister announced the government’s intention to create a “no-fly list” entitled “Passenger Protect” on August 5, 2005.
Stoddart said she’ll press hard for any such list to include strong privacy protections, including the right for people to see and ask for corrections. Opinion polls by her agency suggest Canadians are worried that a growing “culture of security in this country and abroad” could endanger their privacy rights, she said.
The federal privacy commissioner said she’s already organizing her provincial counterparts to develop a national working group to assess privacy risks across Canada.
The federal government will conduct consultations with key stakeholders over the upcoming months on the creation of the no-fly list, with a view to enhancing aviation security in the context of ongoing concerns about terrorism. In addition to the no-fly list, the Minister announced a review of how new technology can be used in assessing security risks posed by passengers in Canada.