Ottawa sharing info with U.S. Homeland Security on all Americans entering Canada

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Source:  CBC News/Jim Bronskill

Canada’s border agency has quietly begun sharing information with U.S. Homeland Security about the thousands of American citizens who cross into Canada each day.

Before long, Washington is expected to provide Ottawa with similar information about Canadians entering the United States.

The exchanges are intended to bolster security and help enforce laws, though advocates for privacy and civil liberties are concerned about the potential for abuse.

Canada says it will use the data for everything from zeroing in on suspected terrorists to ensuring people are actually entitled to social benefits they’re collecting.

Under a 2011 continental security pact, Canada and the United States agreed to set up co-ordinated systems to track the entry and exit information of travelers.

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