National public forum on “Enhanced” Drivers Licenses (EDLs), privacy and state surveillance under the new Canada-U.S. border regime
This public forum is an opportunity for Parliamentarians, policy makers, the media and the public to learn more about EDLs that are being introduced across Canada. These new licences raise important civil liberties and privacy-related concerns, as they include radio-frequency identification (RFID) and biometric capabilities. They also have the potential to evolve into a de facto national I.D. card without any legislative debate.
Two panels featuring Chantal Bernier, Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Michelle Chibba, Director of policy at the Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario, as well as Canadian and U.S. civil society experts will focus on the impacts of these new identity documents driven by the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Speakers will also discuss Ontario’s Bill 85 and the Real ID program in the U.S. Speakers include: Christopher Calabrese of the American Civil Liberties Union, Stuart Trew, Council of Canadians, Graeme Norton, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and Dominique Peschard, la Ligue des droits et libertés (Québec).
University of Toronto researchers and Prof. Andrew Clement will also demonstrate the capabilities of RFID and biometric technology used in BC’s and other provinces EDLs.
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The Forum is organized by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Consumers Council of Canada, the Council of Canadians, the Information Policy Research Program of the Faculty of Information – University of Toronto and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.
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