I was contacted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation yesterday to comment on a new inititiave to speed cross-border travel between the US and Canada for "low risk" travellers. New technologies allow pre-screened passengers to skip through customs and immigrations after confirming their identity with an iris scan:
Eye scans at airport for U.S.-bound travellers:
"...The iris scans are voluntary, and no one is compelled to go through a process that critics say is invasive.
But Halifax privacy lawyer David Fraser says increasingly, people are deciding it's worth it.
'Survey after survey says that people are concerned about their privacy, but they really don't put their money where their mouth is,' he says.
'It's easy to tell a pollster that, but when it comes to trading privacy for convenience, people often chose convenience.' ..."