Poor privacy impact assessments

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Americans are having immigration problems going to Canada based on very old criminal offenses. This is because of Canadian law that bars certain individuals from entering the country. The law hasn't changed, but the information available to the border guard has changed. The article states:

So it isn't as if rules have stiffened. But what has changed is the way the information is gathered. In the wake of 9/11, Canada and the United States formed a partnership that has dramatically increased what Lesperance calls "the data mining'' system at the border.

It's amazing how information sharing suddenly becomes unacceptable as it affects you and stops you from doing what you want to do. For instance, we've seen Europeans balk at Swift, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, for sharing information with the US in the name of fighting terrorism. Both of these situations highlight on a grand scale the importance of considering the impacts of sharing data on personal privacy whenever embarking on a new business venture. Typically these are called privacy impact assessments and should be a step when considering new (or reviewing old) business opportunities. You can find some helpful questions from the US government for what to consider, not that they've been perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.



re: Poor privacy impact assessments

Well the penny has finally dropped. What the US has been doing to citizens of other countries with very minor as well as old offences (sometimes even juvenile offences), barring people from travel to the US, has now come back to bite them travelling to other countries. maybe, but not likely some common sense might prevail to get a consistent approach as the current one does not really assist the fight against terrorism in any form. In fact the more ludicrous some of the decisions become, the more the real war against terrorism elements is veiewed by many in the community as an extended Big Brother government push for day to day control rather than really what it should be.