The implicit omission in this article is that in order for this to be implemented, your biometric image will be stored in a government database. Why is that a problem, new readers might ask? It’s a question of the balance of power and personal liberty and the coming globalization of identification. It won’t be too long before you will be face scanned at airports. Australia has already announced that it will begin doing this to visitors from ‘high-risk’ countries – in other words, the ones with Muslim people living in them. But it’s not just for demonized minority groups. It’s for you. Interpol wants this. And the biometric control grid technology will inexorably work its way outwards into the culture – Australia and Alberta are already pushing similar technology as a solutions to get into the pub -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and as databases become more and more centralized, it’s your children that will have to live in a global high tech police state, tracked and traced everywhere they go. Is that what you want?
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Don Butler, The Ottawa Citizen
March 24, 2010
OTTAWA – As early as next year, Canadians who apply for passports will receive documents with chips that contain their digital images and personal information such as name, gender, and date and place of birth.
Passport Canada says the new ‘e-passports’ will increase security, provide greater protection against tampering and reduce the risk of fraud.
But they’ve also raised concerns about privacy, identity theft, misidentification and the growth of government surveillance of citizens.
“I am not reassured that the passport office has adequately addressed the many concerns,” said Andrew Clement, a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
Full assurance, he said, “would require a thorough, expert and independent assessment with public reporting of all but the necessarily confidential aspects. As far as I know, nothing close to this has been done.”
The plan to introduce e-passports in 2011 – valid for 10 years instead of the current five – was announced in the 2008 budget, and re-announced in the Throne Speech this month.
Though 70 per cent of Canadians have passports, 82 per cent are unaware that the electronic documents are imminent, according to a survey done for Passport Canada.
That could soon change. Within the next couple of weeks, Passport Canada will begin a major online consultation with Canadians, spokesman Jean-Sebastien Roy said Tuesday.