After a long ride in Washington last weekend I came to the border in Blaine and was faced with a 2 hour wait to get through Canadian customs. Good thing it was not raining or above 30 degrees . This got me thinking of applying for a Nexus card which seems at the surface as a great idea. On Monday I promptly went to the CBSA web site to see what I needed to do to apply. All good so far then I clicked the link to start the process at which time I was informed that I was being redirected to another site in the USA. I clicked through and found myself on the Homeland Security site. At this time I stopped the process realizing I would be giving a lot of my personal information to a foreign government and was not sure about the cost / benefit of getting the Nexus card.
While the convienience of quick border crossings is attractive I'm not really sure I want to provide that much information to a government agency in a country where I do not have citizenship. Because I am considered an alien in the eyes of the US government I assume that I do not have the same rights to privacy and due process that an US citizen would have. My Libertarian nature tells me I should not do it but my lazy convienence seeking side says go for it. Anyone else have similar reservations?