In a scathing report released last week, three years after an initial complaint was lodged, federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has found the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be in breach of Canada’s Privacy Act. The investigative report details the context within which the CBSA permitted Force Four Productions Ltd. to film a raid for its TV show Border Security, on a job site in Vancouver on March 2013. The complainant was the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”) on behalf of Oscar Mata Duran, one of the people filmed in the raid and eventually removed from Canada. I was pro bono legal counsel to Mr. Duran after the raid took place.
“Border Security” is one of those “reality” TV shows in which policing forces are shown engaging in the daily operation of their “front line” work.
Source: Privacy Commissioner slams Canadian Border Agency for ‘Border Security’ TV | National Observer