Metro Ottawa got a good one with this story that the Canadian Border Services Agency might have abrogated privacy procedures with its new facial-recognition kiosks at Ottawa airport.
New facial-recognition kiosks at the Ottawa airport were launched Monday without an independent privacy evaluation, Metro has learned, sparking outcry from a leading civil-rights group.
Last fall, the immigration department and Canada Border Services Agency met with the federal privacy commissioner to discuss a “biometric expansion project” that included the new Primary Inspection Kiosks, which scan international travellers’ faces to verify they match passport photographs.
Photo above: Ottawa airport: New security kiosks might have jumped the gun on privacy procedures.
At that time, the commissioner noted the need for a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), according to spokeswoman Anne-Marie Cenaiko.
Federal departments are required to complete PIAs to identify potential privacy risks for new programs, along with how they plan to reduce them. The privacy commissioner doesn’t approve or reject the PIAs, but his staff often make recommendations.
The Treasury Board’s PIA directive instructs departments to ensure “that privacy implications will be appropriately identified, assessed and resolved before a new or substantially modified program or activity involving personal information is implemented.”
But in an email, Cenaiko said the commissioner was still studying the PIA when the kiosks launched Monday. “We received the PIA at the beginning of March and are currently in the process of reviewing it,” she wrote.
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