Bill C-42, an Act to Amend the Aeronautics Act, introduced a new section to the Aeronautics Act, which allowed Canadian airlines to provide passenger information (i.e. Passenger Name Records also known as “PNR”s) on US overflights, to US transportation authorities.
n November 2010, CCLA provided written and oral submissions to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, citing the inherent dangers in the bill as written, and calling, de minimus, for specific legal safeguards. CCLA was critical of the broad open-ended language of the Bill which allowed for gaps in Parliamentary oversight, critical of the threats to the privacy rights of Canadians guaranteed by the Charter and international law, and critical of the lack of any review or redress mechanisms.
To read CCLA’s submissions please click here. To read CCLA’s responses to questions of the Committee, click here.
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