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    Crossing the Border

    An update to upset the paranoids, and disappoint the regular folks

    Tracking Your Border Crossings

    Sep 30 2012

    Canada and the U.S are implementing a program that will provide border patrol officers of both countries information on each trip you make across either border. The Border Patrol will be able to see when you left each country, and when you return. A pilot program has begun that will establish procedures to fully implement this capability in 2014.

    Ports to be used in the pilot project
    Pacific Highway, Surrey, British Columbia / Pacific Highway, Blaine, Washington
    Peace Arch, Surrey, British Columbia / Peace Arch, Blaine, Washington
    Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario / Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, Lewiston, New York
    Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, Ontario / Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, New York
    Border crossing information to be shared in the pilot program
    first name, last name, middle name
    date of birth
    document type
    document number
    document country of issuance
    work location code / U.S. port of entry codes
    date of entry
    time of entry
    border crossing port used by the traveler
    Exit / Entry Program Benefits
    Government officials tout this program as a way to:
    identify persons who potentially overstay their lawful period of admission
    track the departure of persons subject to removal orders
    verify that residency requirements are being met by applicants for continued eligibility in immigration programs
    help identify people involved in organized crime or terrorism
    Privacy Issues
    Both countries state that the process of collecting and sharing personal information will be done in accordance with each country’s privacy laws and policies. However, you should be aware that as a general rule, courts do not grant you the same protections for information regarding your border crossings that they do for other types of personal information.

    The official press release also says that that during the pilot program, “the intention is that there will be no enforcement action” based on information obtained during the pilot program. We suspect that the words for the press release were very carefully chosen, and that you should not expect to get away with a violation of the law if it is noted during this implementation period.

    This pilot program is titled the Entry/Exit initiative and is part of the “Beyond the Border Action Plan”. For more information on what types of information is collected and retained during your border crossing see our page “What They Know About You”.
    BCSB had mountains of experience with a lot of things. #1 on that list is pouring out bullshit to dumb questions by the Gigabyte. (TripleTime, 12-10-2014 03:19 PM)

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    Repost of your own message :P

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