Canada’s privacy czar says Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents.
Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons committee Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under American law.
The privacy commissioner cited statistics indicating U.S. border searches of mobile phones had increased between 2015 and 2016.
He said the devices contain a lot of sensitive information and people should be very concerned.
New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen asked if that means no Canadian should cross the border with a phone, laptop or tablet unless they are comfortable with a U.S. border official inspecting the contents.
Therrien said yes.