Police State - Canada

privacy       2003-02-03 
If you value your privacy, better ride the bus. Under a recently enacted program few Canadians have heard of, the federal government will scrutinize your travel plans every time you take to the air -- including your name, gender, nationality, date of birth, travel document type, all the destinations you'll visit, the way your ticket was purchased, where you sit on the plane and the number of bags you check. The data collected under this program -- the Advance Passenger Information and Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) system -- will remain on file for six years, and can be freely shared with different government departments. Soon, the program may be expanded to cover people travelling by train and watercraft as well.