Ottawa, Ontario – A public forum will be held in Ottawa on March 24 on the new “enhanced” Ontario driver’s licenses (EDL) and issues surrounding privacy and state surveillance.

The meeting will be held at the Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe St from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be followed by a news conference.

The meeting is an opportunity for Parliamentarians, the media and the public to learn about the EDLs that are being introduced across Canada and used as new citizenship identity documents, similar to those being rolled out in British Columbia and Quebec. The documents include radio-frequency identification (RFID) and biometric capabilities, and have the potential to evolve into a de facto national I.D. card without any debate in the House of Commons, organizers said. The forum will include privacy, technology, legal and human rights experts.

The forum is organized by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Consumers Council of Canada, the Council of Canadians, the Information Policy Research Program of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. For more information, visit IDForum.


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