Mounties, airport security accused of privacy rights violations

Privacy Commissioner slams both agencies

The federal privacy commissioner blasted the RCMP and the agency that guards Canadian airports on Thursday, accusing both of violating the privacy of citizens in unnecessary and possibly illegal ways. In an audit released to Parliament, Jennifer Stoddart said the Mounties were holding on to private information on wrongly accused or pardoned Canadians. Under privacy laws, that data should be scrapped. Stoddart also had harsh words for the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency. Stoddart said the air security agency is too focused on solving crimes, not keeping planes safe, and may be encroaching on privacy rights as result.

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