Friday, October 01, 2004

USA Patriot Act notice delivered to Canadian credit card customers

More USA Patriot Act shenanigans for Canadians, this time in the form of a warning inserted in the bills of Canadian Visa customers, reports the Toronto Star: - U.S. law could open millions of Canadian Visa records:

"A small sheet of paper slipped in with the bills of millions of Canadian Visa cardholders has sparked an investigation by Canada's Privacy Commissioner and calls for the federal government to stand up for the privacy rights of its citizens.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Visa customers were sent an amendment to their cardholder agreement this month warning their financial information could be disclosed in accordance with U.S. laws.

NDP MP Brian Masse criticized the Canadian government yesterday for not challenging controversial American legislation, such as the U.S. Patriot Act, which was passed in the wake of 9/11. Canada's complacency, he said, could now lead to privacy violations... "

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