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Ottawa airport wired with microphones as Border Services prepares to record travellers’ conversations
Sections of the Ottawa airport are now wired with microphones that can eavesdrop on travellers’ conversations.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is nearing completion of a $500,000 upgrade of old video cameras used to monitor its new “customs controlled areas,” including the primary inspection area for arriving international passengers.
As part of the work, the agency is introducing audio-monitoring equipment as well.
“It is important to note that even though audio technology is installed, no audio is recorded at this time. It will become functional at a later date,” CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said in a written statement.
But whenever that occurs, the technology, “will record conversations,” the agency said in a separate statement in response to Citizen questions.
Originally posted by silent thunder
It is by training people to monitor themselves that freedom is ultimately defeated, not by catching this or that snippet on tape. When you begin to monitor your own behavior or words "not to seem guilty" even when you are innocent, you have already lost a vital chunk of your freedom, and you aren't getting it back.