National Security vs. Personal Privacy

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Law Assignment - National Security versus Personal Privacy

What is your opinion on this issue? Justify your view in a short written report

In response to the September 11 attacks, section 107 of the Customs Act was put in place. In essence, Section 107 states that customs officers can now access airline passenger lists consisting of personal information, this information will also be placed in a database for the next 6 years.

As stated in Customs Act, Section 107

Amended section 107 of the Customs Act became effective on November 29, 2001. It replaced former sections 107 and 108. Section 107 provides strict prohibitions on the provision to others, allowing access to others, and the use of customs information.

My opinion on this issue is very definite as I am in unison with Elinor Caplan as he describes in the article “it fixed the gap.” Simply by stating this he meant that there was an obvious problem that the government had no knowledge of who was flying into Canada by commercial jetliner. I personally agree with The Minister of National Revenue and believe that Section 107 further protects Canadian citizens and is in the best interest for society. The change to the Customs Act helps the government foresee potential threats and problems that would be at hazard to Canada while also balancing privacy rights to Canadian citizens. It is a major investigative tool which has helped rescue children and thwarted armed criminals from entering. The fact that Canadian government obtains such information for 6 years is reasonable to the very least. As in the interest for the citizens, the government is only concerned with the information that shows any plausible threat. As stated, advance passenger information significantly increases our ability to track pedophiles, find criminals trying to enter our country, identify potential drug smugglers, and protect the health of Canadians. By obtaining passenger information in advance, it will provide customs...
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