Friday, October 2nd, 2009
When did that happen? The Canada Customs Act came into being in 1985, but by all reports ACTA was to have been the international treaty targetting electronic devices, and ACTA hasn’t even been ratified yet. The stepped up enforcement is more likely to be related to the abolition of the Canada Customs Agency and the creation of the ‘Canada Border Services Agency‘ in 2005. You know – the service they just gave guns to. Whatever’s going on, to search your laptop is like looking inside of your mind for thought crimes. Absolutely chilling, and a complete violation of privacy. And the government is attempting to introduce and spin this unconscionable violation of our section 8 Charter rights but making out like it’s for the children, as usual, since we fall for it every time. Hello, police state.
Flashback: US Border Guards to Expand Use of X-Ray Body Scanners | Border guards resorting to force more often | Border agents handcuff, interrogate Winnipeg couple | Mohawk protesters block Ontario bridge over arming of border guards | Akwesasne natives protest armed border guards, border crossing closed in retaliation | New border rules create ‘invisible Berlin Wall’: mayor | New US border technology directed at insidious threat: Canadians | Clinton defends new border restrictions | Ontario’s high-tech driver’s licences pose privacy risk: watchdog | Moratorium sought on RFID driver’s licenses | ‘Say please’ at U. S. border nets pepper spray | Predator drones patrolling border irk Manitoba MLA | Surveillance on the Great Lakes: U.S. tightens security along border | RFID passport security defeated in minutes | U.S. border agents given power to seize travellers’ laptops, cellphones | American Border Officers Want to Fingerprint Canadians at SPP Bridge | U.S. to collect DNA at border | North American ID card in the works through SPP
Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press
October 2, 2009
Border agency has broad authority to examine baggage and electronics, but lacks independent watchdog
The arrest of a Catholic bishop on child-pornography charges highlights the power of border agents to see not just your passport, but the contents of your laptop computer.
Between them, the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP enforce dozens of statutes — the border agency at various ports and crossings, the Mounties between ports of entry.
The Customs Act gives Canada’s border officers authority to examine people’s personal baggage and goods upon arrival to, and departure from, Canada, including scrutiny of electronic devices.
“Officers are trained to search electronic media for child pornography, obscene material and hate propaganda,” said Patrizia Giolti of the border services agency.
“They receive training to familiarize themselves with computers and other devices and how to quickly identify potential files.”