The Globe and Mail reports a 2016 facial recognition pilot at Toronto Pearson International Airport was the largest government deployment of biometric technology in Canada to date. The six-month trial sought to help Canada's Border Services Agency detect travelers using fake identities. CBSA indicated it "takes the issue of personal information and privacy seriously," noting it performed a privacy impact assessment before launch. University of Ottawa’s Tamir Israel said the revelations were "really concerning" considering there was "no public discussion in advance."
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