Border agency to eavesdrop on travellers’ conversations

BBC News

Travellers already under the watchful eye of security officials at Canadian airports and land border crossings could face increased surveillance in certain customs-controlled areas as the Canada Border Services Agency will soon monitor them with high-definition cameras and use microphones to listen in on their conversations.

Government officials are being vague on the details of the program, even to the country’s privacy watchdog. But CBC News has confirmed CBSA has installed cameras and microphones at the MacDonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa to watch and eavesdrop on travellers.

It is unclear when the new equipment will be operational.

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