The Trudeau authorities has introduced it labored with airways to think about requiring “digital identity documents” and biometric data like facial recognition for pre-aircraft boarding necessities.
A May 14 assertion revealed within the Canada Gazette on Regulations Amending the Secure Air Travel Regulations and the Designated Provisions Regulations particulars how the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness mentioned the proposed necessities throughout an air journey stakeholder train.
“In accordance with (Public Safety’s) Forward Regulatory Plan 2021–2023, the need to update the (Secure Air Travel Regulations) to offer more options to travellers and the industry to meet pre-aircraft boarding identity verification requirements through innovation was also considered during the stakeholder consultation exercises,” mentioned the assertion.
“This includes digitized identification documents, digital identity documents and biometric travel documents.”
“Biometric travel documents” had been outlined by Public Safety as “electronic identification documents that use biometric identifiers (such as facial recognition)” amongst different issues.
The authorities additionally famous that 4 unidentified air carriers had been planning to implement the “innovative identity management solutions” quickly.
“While four air carriers confirmed their intent to implement innovative identity management solutions in the short to medium term, no specific immediate change has been identified for the (Secure Air Travel Regulations),” the assertion claimed.
Testing to introduce facial recognition screening into Canada’s airports has been ongoing since as early as 2016.
Last yr it was revealed that the Liberal authorities secretly scanned the faces of tens of millions of unsuspecting travellers at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2016. According to the Globe and Mail, 31 cameras had been used to spy on travellers.
The images had been then matched with a 5,000-person data set of prior deportees to seek out out if anybody was travelling utilizing faux documentation. Up to twenty,000 travellers a day had their faces scanned throughout the train.
Concerns have additionally been raised in regards to the federal authorities implementing a digital identity program. The Canadian authorities, Air Canada and two Canadian airways have signed onto the World Economic Forum’s “Known Traveller Digital Identity” program.
Conservative MP and management candidate Leslyn Lewis has not too long ago blasted this system, calling it “incredibly concerning.”
As solely reported by True North, in February a federal panel occasion that includes Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Francis Bilodeau mentioned utilizing digital identities to trace Canadians for future vaccinations and to seek out individuals who have but to obtain their booster shot.
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