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Privacy complaint launched over CBSA reality TV show

By CBC.ca
Published May 27, 2013
Photo Credit: Shaw Media. An CBSA officer inspects the possessions of a traveller in an episode of the reality TV show ‘Border Security: Canada’s Front Line.’

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says it plans to file a privacy complaint against the Canada Border Services Agency for allowing a reality TV show to film travellers crossing Canada’s border without their free and informed consent.

The association also announced plans to launch a web-based legal consent refusal form to help travellers to object to having their personal information gathered by the CBSA and private TV producers.

The issue came to light after the CBSA allowed a television crew from the show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line to film a raid on a construction site in Vancouver where immigration officials were looking for illegal workers in March.

The reality television show, which is produced by Shaw Media in Vancouver, shadows CBSA officers working at air, land, and marine crossings in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

The BCCLA plans to release more information about the border privacy initiative on Tuesday.

Other resources: Read more about the filming of the raid