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George Orwell’s 1984…

… was supposed to be a warning about police states.

Not an instruction manual on how to set one up!

The Canadian Border Services Agency told The Ottawa Citizen that unidentified sites at airports and borders are already equipped with audio-video monitoring to boost security. The audio technology, though installed, is not recording just yet.

“It will become functional at a later date,” a CBSA spokesman said.

When it does, the technology “will record conversations,” a CBSA said in a statement to The Ottawa Citizen.

Man… this is scary. Exactly how far is too far?

Why stop at airports? Why not malls? Buses? Coffee shops?



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  1. Allan Wood says:

    Just an FYI on this story.

    “Public Safety Min Vic Toews halts audio monitoring at border crossings and airports until Privacy Comm completes study.” Courtesy of @RobertFife on twitter

    1. trashee says:

      I saw that and was going to post an update. Thanks for doing it for me!

  2. Allan Wood says:

    I doubt this is a Canadian made initiative. Suspect this is already in place in major international US airports and quite likely European airports as well. The Canadian installations are brought about by our commitments to security treaties with other countries. I agree if is an infringement to record conversations but it is an extension of video surveillance. Something even your corner variety store does right now.

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