Speaking during a Senate committee meeting, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David McNaughton, downplayed the privacy concerns surrounding the contentious border pre-clearance bill, National Post reports. While the bill has been criticized by civil liberties groups and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for giving U.S. border agents too much power to conduct searches, McNaughton argued pre-cleared travelers will have more rights than they would have if they dealt with agents on the other side of the border. “There’s actually no difference in terms of what they’re going to have to face when they go through customs,” said McNaughton. “They have some additional protection when we do it here in Canada, and we have a heck of a lot more convenience. So I’m mystified, frankly.”
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