Toronto, Ontario – Ontario has planned a public forum in July to address privacy issues for an enhanced drivers’ license (EDL) that can be used as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States by air. The U.S. will require a passport, or an alternate identification device deemed to be secure by that country, to enter at land or sea entry points as of June 1, 2009. Ontario is one of several provinces that have announced an intention to implement an EDL.

The public forum will be held July 16 at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, Room 205 in Toronto, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

“We want to facilitate the provision of clear factual information on the voluntary EDL initiative proposed in Ontario,” said Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner. “The focus of this public forum is to help the public understand the facts of the EDL proposal.”

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