January 27, 2014

Canada’s border agency is eyeing a new information-sharing program with the Americans to help catch Employment Insurance cheats.

A border agency briefing note, obtained under the Access to Information Act, says the entry-exit tracking program could be used to police various benefit programs as well as identify people travelling abroad to engage in terrorism.

The entry-exit system, to be fully in place by June 30, is a crucial feature of the vaunted Beyond the Border perimeter security pact with the United States. The tracking system involves exchanging entry information collected from people at the land border — so that data on entry to one country would serve as a record of exit from the other.

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