Extraterritorial Effects of the USA Patriot Act – Privacy Rights of Non-American Citizens

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A recent CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) news report declared: “Canadians could be subjected to the application of the American USA Patriot Act”. Another CBC news report declared on May 16th 2006: “Canadians under American scrutiny”. The question that was raised in these news reports is the following: is the private information of Canadian citizens and businesses effectively protected by Canadian laws? This preoccupation is sufficiently serious that the Canadian government is studying the question.
Indeed, the right to protection of ...

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