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Saskatchewan Drops Plans for Enhanced Drivers Licence

The Saskatchewan government has dropped plans to introduce an enhanced drivers licence, citing cost and public interest concerns, including privacy and security questions about the EDL.

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March 24, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

“Enhanced” Licence May Enhance Privacy and Security Risks

This week the Ontario legislature will resume debate on Bill 85, proposed legislation that could lead to the creation of an "enhanced drivers licence" in the province (referred to as an EDL).  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version)  notes that the introduction of the new licence – which will also be available as a photo card for non-drivers – has received little public attention despite the urgent concerns expressed by privacy commissioners and civil liberties groups.  Indeed, barring an unlikely change of plans, the legislation could be passed within a matter of days.

The primary impetus behind the EDL is the increased border security measures between Canada and the United States.  As the U.S. increased identity card requirements for entry into the country (passports are now required at most border crossings), government officials in both countries have sought to develop an alternative to the passport. The EDL, which will embed new technologies including a radio frequency identification device (RFID) within the card, is the outcome of that work.  While the enhanced card will be optional, it is expected that many residents may pay the extra fee for the EDL.  Moreover, Ontarians will not be alone in this regard as other provinces and U.S. states have similar plans.  As Ontario moves closer to an EDL with this new legislation, the concern from the privacy and civil liberties communities – who point to three overarching concerns – have continued to mount.

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November 17, 2008 19 comments Columns

“Enhanced” Licence May Enhance Privacy, Security Risks

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 17, 2008 as 'Enhanced' Licence Could Boost Privacy, Security Risks This week the Ontario legislature will resume debate on Bill 85, proposed legislation that could lead to the creation of an "enhanced drivers licence" in the province (referred to as an EDL).  The […]

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November 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Cavoukian Warns of ID Card Threat

The Toronto Sun reports that Ontario Privacy Commissioner has warned about the privacy risks in the planned enhanced provincial drivers' license that will contain RFID technology.

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October 27, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

RFID Fails To Generate Cost Savings

The Wall Street Journal has a revealing article on Wal-Mart's use of RFID tags.  The article notes that the RFID implementation has failed to generate expected cost savings, noting that other RFID projects have faced similar hurdles.

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February 15, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads