Travelling often means crossing borders. But being present at a border doesn’t mean that you consent to being filmed for any purpose related to making a TV show or other broadcast.The Canada Border Services Agency is collaborating with private companies to make a television show called Border Security. If you don’t want to be filmed at the border, you have to notify a crew member to accommodate your request.
Being present at border crossings should not mean consent to being filmed for any purpose related to making a television series. It is an infringement of privacy rights for the government or its partners to film and to use or disclose personal images or any information for the purposes of entertainment or “public information”, or to make any kind of television show or other broadcast.
Here are two things you can do to protect your privacy, and stop the CBSA from filming without your explicit consent:
- Privacy Concerns Persist over Filming for Reality Television at Border Crossing, BCCLA Analysis, May 28, 2013
- Borders Are Not For Reality TV, Media Release, May 28, 2013
- FAQ on Signing the Refusal and Revocation of Consent, May 28, 2013
- Border agency broke law with reality TV self-promotion, Media Release, March 21,2013
- Deportation is not entertainment: BCCLA discusses this issue on CBC’s As It Happens, March 26, 2013
Cancel Border Security Coalition – Information on the broader campaign to stop the CBSA from producing this reality TV show that violates people’s rights.