Apr 14, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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Zoomers concerned their mental health information could prevent them from entering the United States, have a new champion in Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian. She is calling on Toronto police to stop entering information about suicide attempts into the Canadian Police Information Centre database, which is then shared with U.S. Border security officials. Cavoukian was prompted to start an investigation after hearing about four Ontario residents who were denied entry to the United States on the basis of their mental health history. Cavoukian says she was unnerved by the humiliation and embarrassment felt by the people who were told by American border guards that they couldn’t enter the U.S. because of a suicide attempt. Toronto Police say if Cavoukian wants the information kept from American officials, she should talk to the RCMP because it is that force maintains the database that is shared with U.S. officials.

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